The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
If you are swimmer, or enjoy great writing, read this classic short story by acclaimed American author,
John Cheever, The Swimmer
Whichever parenting stage I'm at always feels like the hardest. But, I was wrong last time. This one really is!
On Blended Families:
I work with many, many wonderfully blended families every
year. Whether they are divorced, and now dating others that are divorced, with kids; Or perhaps a remarriage with a set of step kiddos, there are great examples
of blended families that make it work.
In those rare situations where it doesn't work, and it has become a challenging nightmare, I can safely say that two characteristics of mental
illnesses are usually present. One is alcoholism and the other is narcissism.
incredibly difficult to amicably split and co-parent with an unstable ex. No one goes into a marriage with the idea
or hope that it will end in a fracture.
However, divorce happens at a large number. Most couples wish
they had not divorced, and 75% wish they had tried counseling sooner or more
It's really hard to be a divorced parent, to begin to date
again - get outside help early.
Book recommendation: Into The Magic Shop
Heroin Deaths: CNN Reports - This is unacceptable...
Explaining the difference between Vanity and Confidence:
Confidence - "I am beautiful. You are beautiful. We are both beautiful."
Vanity - "I am beautiful. You are not beautiful. I am more beautiful than you."