HEART: Ow. It hurts.
SOUL: What does?
HEART: All of me. I am hurting so bad, wanting to shove myself aside, shrink and disappear...
BRAIN: Research shows that shame produces an implosion of the body.
HEART: I could tell you that, too.
BRAIN: Well, that would be anecdotal evidence.
SOUL: Evidence Shmevidence! Why are you hurting??
HEART: Because I... um... I'm ashamed to say...
BRAIN: Consistent with the apparent presence of shame in your body.
HEART: I... um... I am hurting because I made a mistake. I made a terrible mistake. I made a terribly human mistake.
SOUL: That's it!? Making mistakes is what being human is all about, child...
BRAIN: Have you fulfilled an action that was misguided or wrong..?
HEART: I didn't mean to! It was a... mistake.
SOUL: You are human. All humans make mistakes.
BRAIN: Mistakes are a very common occurrence in the life of a human.
HEART: Oh, GREAT. So this is NOT the last time I have to feel like this!?
SOUL: Time. Such a wonder of illusion...
HEART: I mean, hell has frozen over if you two agree and meanwhile I still feel broken!
BRAIN: Hell? I don't recall there is proof for its existence. But then again, memory is an inconsistent investigative tool.
SOUL: Yeah, 'hell' is a made up concept designed to hone in on humans' moral compass.
HEART: And what concept hones in on humans capacity to make mistakes!?
SOUL: Embracing that you are human and sooner or later you are bound to make mistakes.
HEART: Ugh. I have some work to do, it seems.
SOUL: Yes. HUMAN work.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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