Ummm. Good news. This suffering can come to an immediate end in every moment in which you remember this: words are not ghosts nor can they leave scars. They are memories and no one else but you chooses which memories you retrieve to replay to yourself. So if someone says something that impacts your belief system in a way that hurts you; if you don’t think about it, it literally won’t bother you at all. That’s why Confucius said, “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” Boom. You’re free.
Note: Everyone who posts or shares a quote does so with the very best of intentions. That said, I have created the series of Other Perspectives blog posts in an effort to prevent some of these ideas from entering into people’s consciousness unchallenged. These quotes range from silly to dangerous and—while I intend no offense to their creators—I do use these rebuttals to help define and delineate the larger message I’m attempting to convey in my own work. I do hope you find them helpful in your pursuit of both psychological and spiritual health.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.