Surviving bad choices


Some of us have the good luck of being born into a family with stable, mature, loving parents, who we trust and who are able to teach and advise us in a way that helps us avoid making many bad decisions. I’ve met such people.

I don’t know what percentage of the population is this fortunate; I do know that – for many of us, no matter how much our parents love us, they have some issues that get in the way of their maturity. So, we end up being on our own at times when we really need guidance. And we sometimes make bad choices.

I was reminded of that when I heard about Liz Gilbert’s newest novel – City of Girls, a book about girls who choose to live promiscuous lives, have to face the consequences, and survive their decisions well. Most of us don’t chose such lives, nor do we have to face those kinds of consequence.

But it’s encouraging to read about their inner strength and resources that got them through. We all have such strength and resources. It may take some digging, but it’s there.



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