The “What Can You Give Up?” Trap

Asking an overwhelmed person, “What can you let go of?” will raise up one of two answers, 1) Nothing or 2) a list of small things that can possibly move around. If the answer is 2, then spending time in the spiritual life just becomes one more thing on the to-do list and, when something urgent comes up, has a high likelihood of being dropped and, eventually, forgotten.

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