Dignity Vow #2
"What are we here for but to make life a little easier for one another."
Let's face it: There's nothing easy about staying committed to the belief that we are worthy, no matter what. As the first dignity vow requires, we accept the truth that our dignity is not up for grabs, no matter how anyone treats us. As Martin Luther King made clear, "One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away."
The challenge for us all in maintaining the vow is to recognize the difference between an assault to our dignity, which temporarily makes us feel bad (not unlike a physical wound) and the enduring feeling of worthlessness that a misguided understanding of dignity creates. We may behave badly at times, and we need to hold ourselves accountable for it, but the core of who we are still remains invaluable, priceless, and irreplaceable. What can we do to keep this important distinction clear in our minds so that when something bad happens to us, we don't succumb to the temptation to question our core worth? How do we manage this shared but rarely discussed vulnerability?