If your mother and father told you that they never really loved or even liked you, and you knew it was absolutely true, how would it affect your life? What if you simply overheard them saying this to someone else?
What a horrible question!
I’d put them in the crooked home we saw on 60 Minutes.
Thankfully, that’s not the case. My dad’s no longer with us, but I know he loved me ’til the day he died. Mom’s still around and I have no doubt that she loves me.
I’m sure if I were to discover the opposite were true, I’d be devastated. The effect it would have on my life? Well… I would just withdraw even more into myself than I already am as a pessimistic introvert. I’d likely cut ties from family all together and… huh… the only way I can describe that potential feeling would be an empty heart.
Again, thankfully, this is not the case in my life.
But what about you? How would you respond if you received that kind of bombshell from your parents? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.