chapter11Flashpoints

Ellen Schwartz

how our stresses play out in the family crucible,damaging those we love most

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is themost difficult lesson in the world.

—Cervantes

Man is the only animal that blushes—or needs to.

—Mark Twain

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory;let us now commit it to life.

—Edwin Markham

 

THE TENSION INHERENT IN KEEPING THE MEGA-ECONOMY RUNNING holds our lives in a tenuous position with those we love most. We try so hard to make everything work, but even so, fear lurks just around the corner—the fear that we could be downsized and “lose it all” tomorrow. Living on the razor’s edge, even small problems can trigger major eruptions.

For a long time I have been trying to learn ...

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