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My recently-developed sense of humor about myself includes the image of my personality structures, however disliked or beloved, as knick-knacks in the curio cabinet of my behavior.
A few items in my collection are useful: patience, communication skills, scientific knowledge, optimism, dedication, curiosity. I like to display these under the custom-installed spotlights, on the top shelf. I like them, I use them frequently, and I want others to notice and admire them.
Some items are clearly not "paying their rent." Neurosis, fear, self-doubt, insecurity, judgment. No matter how often I shove them to the back of the shelf, they push their way forward again. I'd like to pretend they are not in my collection. I'd like them to go away without any effort on my part to accept or integrate them. The only time I feel any peace about these items is when I take a step back to view the whole cabinet.
In the past week, I've been involved in many dialogues about unconditional love, socio-pathology, judgment, and the basic human need to become whole.
I relate this to my "cabinet" and consider whether I can, in all honesty, cast the first stone at anyone else's collection.
Without first extending unconditional love to my own flawed, human personality structure, I cannot claim to be able to offer it to anyone else.