I would like to put forth the assumption that life would be a much sweeter, kinder and gentler place if we could dispel the dangerous and debilitating spirits of self-hatred, self-loathing. Perhaps we should try and make a vow to, if not LOVE ourselves, at least not HATE ourselves.
This art piece, based on the painting, “Forgiven,” by Thomas Blackshear II, has always got to me. The man has a large nail (more like a spike, really) in his left hand and a hammer in his right hand, and the nail-scarred hands of Christ can be seen. Translation: even though the man’s wrongdoings were what nailed Jesus to the cross, the Lord still forgave him.