When you realize you allowed yourself to be duped!

"Get Fleeced" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Get Fleeced” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I founded and facilitate an online community called The Lasting Supper. This is one of the themes that comes up a lot: I was duped, and I like it. Not only that, I can see where I participated in my own demise.

It takes some pretty intense work to process that. There’s denial, anger, self-loathing, remorse, as well as sometimes tears and sometimes laughter.

But I see many people, including myself, who make it to the other side and learn to accept this as a part of their story and integrate it into their lives. We learn to embrace our whole selves.

We also learn how not to do it again.

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1 Response

  1. Jordan says:

    I think there’s a fair point to be made in allowing yourself to be duped, in thinking that things will just get better if you wait. You hope and hope that it’ll just get better, even when it doesn’t improve or instead worsens. However, there’s also the situation of being trained to think that rather than being allowed to think otherwise. And it helps to forgive yourself for either one, if only because, in the former, you really wanted things to get better, or, in the latter, you didn’t know there were other options.

    The greater sin isn’t on those who are foolish in their optimism or trained ignorance, but those who take advantage of that optimism or ignorance.