This picture moves me! A picture like this flooded my awareness as I listened to a group of victims of sex abuse talk about the burdens they were carrying. I could see all these aspects:
- I see burdens placed on the victim of sex abuse, tied on so he (thinks) he can't shake them loose.
- I see weariness and resignation in the donkey's (victim's) face.
- I see the person who tied on the burden leading him with the full expectation that the donkey (victim) carry the heavy load.
I responded with a profound sense of sadness when I heard their burdens. Sadness for what they have experienced; but even more a sadness that they are afraid to untie the burden and leave it in the dust. For unlike the donkey, you have a choice! You can say, hell no, I'm not carrying it!
The conversation has caused me to take a deep look at why's?
- Why is it that the desire and determination to be free is not as big as the fear of being without the burden?
- Why do we hide behind fear? Because we do - we use fear as a reason for not progressing.
- Why do we we think we need the burdens? If I won't let go of it, it is meeting a need.