Sin Against Life


“The real sin against life is to destroy beauty, even one’s own – even more one’s own, for that has been put in our care, and we are responsible for its well-being.”  —Katherine Anne Porter

A good way to start each day is by asking, “What can I do to take care of myself today?”  To ask and answer that question is to affirm our belief that we’re worth taking care of.  It also requires looking within ourselves with honesty.  Is it hard to admit that we’re struggling?  Or that we’re feeling sick? Or those feelings as rage, sorrow or fear are predominant? Or that we’re working through issues that may be as difficult as incest, sexual, physical or emotional abuse?

Meeting our needs with gentleness and compassion soften the task of being good to ourselves.  It may take a long time of asking, “What can I do to take care of myself today?” before we actually know how to, or want to.  But just as a good parent thinks of how to take care of a child, we can learn to do the same for ourselves.  Each time we do, we move closer to higher self-esteem.


About Mark Schmitz

Living in Phoenix, AZ since 1995, originally from Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I'm a Gemini born on May 26, 1961. Single, GWM who is HIV and healthy. Spiritually diverse, I'm just trying to stay on the right path to learn all that I came here to learn. That's what my blogs are about - and total honesty.

Posted on November 12, 2010, in Honesty, Life, Life's Lessons, Opinions, Perfection, Personal Growth, Self concept, Self Discovery, Self Will, Self-improvement, Spirituality and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Linda K Alvarado

    Beautiful, Mark. I was “talking” to a new friend on Facebook yesterday. Both of us have family members who committed suicide. She was struggling. I will share your words with her, and I already did sort of, about meeting each day with gentleness and compassion towards ourselves.

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