Columns / In Light of Faith
Barbara Hughes
Barbara Hughes is an author, retreat facilitator and spiritual guide. She lives in Virginia Beach and can be reached at

July 26, 2021
There’s an anti-smoking commercial that begins with the words, “The worse lies are the lies we tell ourselves.” It’s a stark reminder that we can be our own worst enemy when we rationalize our behavior in order to justify what we do or don’t do. I wonder how many lives could be saved if people hadn’t told themselves that they could handle one more drink before getting behind the wheel of a car? How many students might have passed an exam if had they not convinced themselves they knew the material and didn’t need to study? Or how might the effects of climate change be altered if we were willing to alter our lifestyles? When we’re honest with ourselves, we…
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