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Daily Archives: August 9, 2011

On opposites

Talking with a friend recently, I listened as she told me how divorce has strained her relationship with a teenaged daughter.  Truth be told, there were issues before, but now, with the “big D” in the picture, there’s an excuse. Posturing, nasty Facebook posts and petulance abound.  Not to mention confusion, hurt feelings, anxiety and … fear.

Suddenly I remembered this quote and had to share it with her:

The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference. 

Her daughter has been hateful.  But … even though her behavior has been deplorable, she’s still engaged.

I reminded my friend of this and I could hear the relief in her voice.  I encouraged her to take a “time out” and let her daughter feel the sting of her choices.  In essence, to continue on with who she is and have faith that, after the anger and disappointment subside, her girl will return.

How do I know this?

Because I’ve lived it, too.  One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as a parent was to step away from my kid as he spun out of control … and keep the faith that he’d find his way back.  And he did.

The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.

Have someone being hateful?  They’re connected to you more than you know.

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