Sometimes our defense of past actions is more injurious to those close to us than those actions themselves.
Let’s get academic. Dr. Martin Seligman is a former president of the American Psychological Association. Seligman says we all have what he calls “an explanatory style.” He defines this as “the manner in which we habitually explain to ourselves why events happen.”
In other words, we each have a tendency to deflect. Rather than take on the weight of our indiscretions, we shift the focus to why we do things, as justification for the damage we’ve caused.
It is easy – and natural – for us to lay the blame at the feet of anything and anyone but ourselves.
Proverbs 14:12 reads, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way of destruction.”
Recovery Step: Review this statement throughout today – Your past explains your behavior, but it doesn’t excuse it.