When using a table saw, there is the danger of severing our fingers.
What’s remarkable is that so long as we have a clear understanding of the danger in using the table saw many of us find it sufficient to work up the courage to engage with it despite the danger, instead of staying stuck in the thought of severing our fingers which merely gives rise to fear.
When someone judges us a “difficult case,” it can be easy to blame ourselves for being a “difficult, case.”
While this may mean there is something extraordinary about us, it also means that someone with greater skills will not not judge us a “difficult case.”
p.s: This was inspired by a meeting with a doctor who called my wife a “difficult case,” while asking her to work with another doctor with more experience and skill. An unfortunately common case of compassion without empathy, displayed by many of us, including yours truly, when we take on the role of caregiving.