I used to try to manipulate the affairs of my loved ones to reduce their pain. That way, I had hoped to be spared the chaos that their pain would bring to me. I could not stand to watch other people make mistakes and make what I thought were wrong choices. I knew that I could show them a better way to live. In reality, I do not remember any time that what I did worked. In fact, I usually made things worse and I prevented other people from learning the lessons that life had for them…

 

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