All of us are desperate to have someone believe that we are worthwhile. What if a man believes that kind words stifle improvement? What happens to his children when he hands out criticism, but never praise? He learned this mindset from his own father—will he pass it on to his son?
In my novel, I’ve written about a man who carries that burden and I put the reader in his head. It’s intense. Some have a hard time with it. Others respond strongly in the affirmative. Let me quote one that I highly respect:
“You have captured the way it was for me growing up. My dad never complimented me. It seemed to be a rule of thumb that a compliment would immediately breed arrogance and pride. Yet all of us are desperate to have someone believe in us. I’m about 50 pages from the end of the book and feeling sort of sad that it’s almost over.” Robert Page—Senior Pastor and Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist—The Kent State Shootings
Who will provide the force needed to change the trajectory of such thinking? Does it stop with this generation?