A Little Slice of Humble Pie

Slice of cherry pie to represent "humble pie."

I wrote a 2,300 word article today and thought it was gonna be really neat-o. Then, through divine intervention, I was able to see that it would not have been ethically sound or within my integrity to publish.

My first feeling was a little bummed that I couldn’t ship that beast of an article. But shortly thereafter some embarrassment settled in for even thinking that it was a good idea in the first place. Then, I actually got a little nauseous.

Ok, so maybe I was teetering on the precipice of a shame spiral.

Luckily for me, a billion dollars of therapy and fourteen years of recovery work later, I have just the modicum of awareness that will keep me from setting my life on fire over it.

I know that when I feel icky, it’s good for me to talk to another human being about it. Toxic shame thrives in the darkness and isolation of a disturbed mind, so when I told my wife about it, that shame scattered like the filthy little cockroach it is.

I was able to tell myself, “Hey, that was just a temporary lapse in judgment. You’re a good man, Adam. Take it easy on yourself.”

So today’s short ass article is mostly about humility, I guess.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself – just thinking of yourself less.

I’m gonna click publish on this thing, go take a hot shower to make sure I got all that cockroach juice off me, and then I’m gonna go see about spending some quality time with this beautiful woman I married.

I’ll do better next Saturday.

Published by Adam

Mentor, coach, speaker and educator for over 12 years. I have survived, recovered from and triumphed over many obstacles and afflictions. It brings me tremendous joy to help others overcome similar circumstances so they can live their best lives.

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