[The following is an excerpted and edited version of a paper written in college. Full circle, I am once again looking at the difference between atonement and apology in my life and found it less painful and more relevant to share publicly some of my story.] Atonement is a loaded word in my family. First, there are religious connotations (e.g., the biblical “atonement day” that my family observed for many years), then there are associations with family failures to resolve conflicts, and if ever discussed together, I imagine there would probably be a philosophical debate of the general definition and atonement’s importance.
Aha moments are a trending title these days with Oprah and Brene` Brown on the forefront of the media coverage around finding our soul in a society warped by appearance and short-term fixes of every kind. Consider the meme phenomena of social media, which is often criticized as a lazy venting of semi-cooked thoughts. It also might be that memes are often a simplified nugget of a person’s aha-ha moment. I've been called out online for
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Ruth Diaz, LPC, Psy.D. is a counselor, consultant, and coach on returning to compassionate connection in relationship with ourselves and each other at every level. She works as an organizational consultant and therapist in Portland, Oregon.