Welcome to the Chronicles of Crazy

Welcome to the Chronicles of Crazy

A blog by Nadine Preston

Discovering Who We Are

Discovering Who We Are:

Our challenge is to find a synthesis of our parents' perspectives, one that points to a more truthful existence.  In my own case, my father always wanted to see the world as fun and one big party, and the home of great adventure.  His was a material world, devoid of a lived spirituality, and often his search for fun led him into trouble, debt and jail time.  As I grew up, I saw this pattern and was sensitized to the need for a more strategic approach to adventure and a better sense of responsibility.  My mother, on the other hand, knew the world to be deeply spiritual, but it was a moral spirituality.  She sacrificed any idea of personal adventure for the hard work of helping others and solving the word's ills.  Flying or skiing was completely out of the question.  She would rather spend Mother's Day cleaning up the parks.

 

What did it mean that I was born between these two people?  Their own compromise was difficult.  My mother always wanted to control my father and he always rebelled, insisting that life was about expanding one's horizons.  As I stepped back and looked at this situation, I saw the obvious solution.  Once could pursue life with the deep spirituality held by my mother, which included making the world better, but it could also be a fun and adventurous pursuit.  This fusion of my parents' lives and the best of their viewpoints also gave me the sense that I am completing their life purposes in some way and helping them to evolve in the present.

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