Today let’s talk about parents and paradox.
Have you ever felt like you had a love/hate relationship with a parent?
When I was in my ‘30s, the thing I wanted most was not to end up being like my Dad. I read to one of my mentors a poem I had written at age 14 about a volcano, spewing angry words like lava on those below it. I said “see, that’s about my dad.” He responded, “Is it?” I realized with a shock, that poem could now describe me, and I had become just like my Dad. It helped me begin to see the magnitude of the demons my Dad was trying to overcome, and I grew to admire his perseverance at working through his issues. As I learned to just accept that I would have mixed feelings about my Dad, I came to a greater peace where he was concerned.
Have you ever had mixed feelings about a parent?
Dan L. Hays offers encouragement for adult children of alcoholics.
The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom
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