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Rumor has it that a newspaper once sent out an inquiry to famous authors, asking the question, What’s wrong with the world today? And Chesterton responded simply:
Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”
This story about G.K. Chesterton is not substantiated but I sure wish it were true. Why do I wish this?
Because sooner or later every person stumbles upon one of the great truths of life.
We are our own heaviest crosses.
There, I said it.
And it's true for all of us.
When I first came upon this realization I thought it was only me. That I, myself, was my own heaviest cross and that this didn't apply straight across the board.
But it does. It applies to all of us. When you read the lives of the saints you see that every single one of them came to this conclusion about themselves. It's a common thread that runs through their writings and one we should take note of.
Those who say, "But my husband (insert person or circumstance of choice here) is my heaviest cross!"
Nope. Not true. You are your heaviest cross. This is a truth about ourselves that we tend to resist in an extraordinary way because pride has taken root in our hearts and we don't want to believe that one of our biggest problems just might be ourselves.
When we believe that others are our "heavy crosses" it may be one of the strongest signs that a virtue we should be praying for in abundance is the virtue of humility
It took me ten years to learn this. (
It is part and parcel of our fallen human nature.
It's a great lesson though because as soon as we REALLY learn this,
In other words, if you want to lighten your load you have to work on yourself first.
As G.K. Chesterton so bluntly puts it: Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.
Funny how some of the most obvious things in life are the most difficult to see. Not only are we seasick, we are "see sick" as well and our biggest blind spot is ourselves.
~ You cannot escape it, wherever you run. For wherever you go you carry yourself with you, and will always find yourself. Turn upwards or turn downwards, turn inwards or turn outwards: everywhere you will find the cross. Thomas A Kempis
~ The greatest cross of all is self. Archbishop Francois Fenelon