“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, or cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
– Michael J. Fox
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Defending your dignity from the corrosive effects of humiliation or degradation is surely a demanding and tortuous task. Some might say it is the most challenging task in life. Whether the humiliation that threatens your dignity comes from a loss of employment, the ravages of age, the specter of family dissolution, perhaps losing control of bodily functions, or otherwise, the defense is essentially the same: a resolute “You may affect my body, and you may get a grip on my mind, but you’ll never take control of my soul.” Though close ones may help, it remains a solo task like no other. And it requires, too, that you never blame others for the weighty task you face, as to do so would be a distraction, and a loss of dignity akin to its surrender.
This quote was sent to us by our good friend David T, of Buckland, Massachusetts, a longtime blog family member. Thank you, David, for this soothing and supportive reminder during such significantly challenging and fractious times.
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