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What Have You Walked Away From?

18 September 2008

image Carlin Flora in an article in Psychology Today entitled "You 2.0" quotes Barry Lubetkin, author of Bailing Out–The Healthy Way to Get Out of a Bad Relationship and Survive.  The gist of the article is on self evaluation. Lubetkin talks a lot about the fears that paralyze us.

I say all of this to quote one sentence. 

"Change equals loss, but if you don’t have a series of things you’ve walked away from…you’re probably not leading a rich life." 

I don’t know exactly why that sentence has struck me. I have always had the opposite view…that a full life comes more by completing what you start and persevering through difficult times.  You fulfill your duty.  Faithfulness is more important than happiness. 

I understand that he is probably coming from a secular, not Christian perspective, but the quote strikes me as important none-the-less.

I am going to have to mull this over for a while.

What is your reaction to the quote?

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One Comments to “What Have You Walked Away From?”

  1. My reaction? I agree to a point. Living a life of discipleship for a Christian involves walking away from lots of things: the idolatrous pursuit of money, power, and reputation; serving self; hoarding possessions; looking at church as primarily a way to meet my need; etc.

    You’re right, too, that much of discipleship is perseverance. The challenge, of course, is knowing what to walk away from and what to keep pushing through.

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