Mom & Dad

My dad appeared confident at least on the outside. My mom seemed comparatively more insecure. However, appearances are often misleading.

As I said, my mom didn’t appear confident in an extroverted manner. At the same time, I felt her presence as a calm and steady person, committed to her connections. Regardless of how old either of us got or where in the country we lived, she remained my mom. I was always her son.

There is something about relationships with other people that bring out our best. It’s not a given, truly. Get in bed with the wrong person, personally or professionally, and you’ll feel the pressure to behave in ways that make you feel uneasy. You’ll begin to question yourself, your motives, and values.

Relationships with the right people inspire us. They naturally encourage us to make daily decisions that we can feel proud of, that lead toward safety and security, with opportunities for creative self-expression and financial success. These relationships are the best. They’re desirable and we’re enviable of those that seem to have them.


Relationships are important. Relationships are everything. Have them and thrive. Struggle without them. They are a source of fun and entertainment. They provide us with support. They challenge us to become our best. In short, we cannot live happily without them.

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