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The saying “people hear what they want to hear” certainly applies to my commentary last week.
Last week I talked about parental responsibility.
Inspired by the tragic death of a two-year old boy whose biological father was football star Adrian Peterson, at least for the last two months Peterson knew him.
It’s a sad story all the way around and the more we learn the sadder it gets.
Sad because the child is dead due to bad decisions on the part of a number of adults in his life; sad because we continue to make excuses for the bad behavior of those adults; including his own mother and father.
It’s sad because some people think there’s an imaginary time period to be held before we tell the truth about how these adults failed this baby; a two year old is still a baby to me.
Sad because just by talking about it, by bringing awareness to the people who failed this baby; it exposes the wounds and defenses of many who are listening who may be absent or uninvolved parents.
Sad because it’s too personal for some people to hear. It hits to close to home, it hurts.
Sad that by exposing those individual and collective wounds; rather than become introspective; many choose to lash out, to attack the messenger and not the problem.
Life coach Tony Robbins has a very profound quote that reads: “Free yourself from the disease of making others wrong and you’ll free yourself from the disease of making yourself wrong.”
If you follow Robbins’ quote, you’ll have a lot more energy to create solutions instead of creating problems for you and for others.
I want this message to stick with you, so I’ll keep it simple.