Getting through the “school of hard knocks” is a process which closely resembles the journey through drug addiction or alcoholism with one major difference. The student, if you will, who finds himself stuck there, in no way, shape or form, enrolled on his own. This paradox is what makes this “hard knock life” so unbelievably difficult to dismantle.
It begins at birth. Believe me…I would love to skate over this issue because everyone loves their mom and dad regardless of their family situation…no matter what they’ve been put through.
At this tender age, the child’s entire world is embodied by the love, or lack of it, shown by his parents. Therefore if there’s a family problem, such as divorce, alcoholism, drug addiction, lack of love, or any other abuse, the buck stops squarely with the parents from that point forward…period, amen. This is the only time you’ll ever hear me say the responsibility of one’s actions does not rest solely on his shoulders.
Unfortunately, the death of one or both parents can result in the same outcomes…in this case, life just isn’t fair. The bottom line is…the child needs his parents’ love and everything associated with it just to have a fighting chance in this world. Without it…he or she is most certainly destined for the “school of hard knocks” where anything goes…anything.
Wrapping your mind around this reality will help to formulate an approach for escaping the clutches of a “hard knock life.” Remember…where there’s a will, there is always a way.
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