My mother wanted to avoid looking back at my father’s character disorder and how that secret had brought down our family. “You’ve just got to forget the past,” she said periodically. But I persisted in examining chaotic childhood events with the hope that time would give me the perspective to understand them.
As it appears in Grown & Flown Magazine:
When those with character disorders are in conflict with the world, they automatically assume that the world is at fault – M. Scott Peck
This essay first appeared in Bacopa Literary Review 2018
This essay first appeared in Parent Co on April 3, 2017. This publication was purchased by Motherly Magazine in March 2018.
Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shootin’…what a ride! – Anonymous
Once we perceive the reality of grace, our understanding of ourselves as meaningless and insignificant is shattered… The existence of grace is prima facie evidence not only of the reality of God but also of the reality that God’s will is devoted to the growth of the individual human spirit.
– M. Scott Peck
Those with character disorders…see the world rather than themselves as being in need of change and therefore fail to recognize the necessity for self-examination. — M. Scott Peck
Of the thousands of risks we can take in a lifetime, the greatest is the risk of growing up… It is only through a vast amount of experience and a lengthy and successful maturation that we gain the capacity to see the world and our place in it realistically. — M. Scott Peck