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Glossary of Heart: Harm vs. Hurt

Harm occurs when we emotionally and spiritually wound another in order to prevent feeling the pain in our own hearts. It is most often exhibited when we cross the boundaries of another without genuine regard, concern, or love for that person.

Hurt is the emotional and spiritual experience that tells us we are feeling emotional and spiritual pain. In healthy relationships there is a willingness to allow someone to feel their own pain, because we have genuine regard, concern, and love for that person.


This Glossary of Heart presents a daily choice for us. The first option keeps us where we are. The second option takes us on a journey into our hearts. It’s the hardest yet most courageous choice we can make. I hope you take the risk.

© 2019 by Chip Dodd.

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