We all have these shadows, these deep empty rifts, into which we dare not gaze too deeply. On the good days, it’s a tender ache, and on the bad, it’s a brutal shame.
There is a fundamental tension if you find yourself spending your time in a way that does not support your authentic goals.
Fear is a most pernicious thing. As an emotion, it is capable of submerging us so completely that we can no longer even recognize how it rules our every moment.
Believing oneself to be unworthy of respect or love can drive all sorts of pathological behavior.