CHAPTER 10The One Essential Skill

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

—Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court Justice

We are meant to reach to another for support. This is the natural, optimal human response to fear and it is the one essential skill for achieving and sustaining success in our work, health, and relationships. If you grew up in a loving, supportive family or community, or if you are now part of one, you are very fortunate. You may be able to take for granted the security that this provides. It may confuse you, however, when people turn away or become hostile in ...

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