What We Owe to Those Who Loved Us in Childhood

The clue to a healthy, adequate adult life lies somewhere we often don’t look: in our childhoods. It’s in childhood that, if things go more or less right, we learn the most important lessons about life at the hands of those who love us. Being given love isn’t simply pleasant, it quite literally saves and educates us.
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“If we’re alive and more or less functioning, if we’re capable of taking joy in things occasionally, if we can be kind and grateful to others, if we’re not addicted or very drawn to killing ourselves, then it’s likely that someone somewhere, early on, loved us very much. They may live quite far away from us now, they might share none of our interests and could in many ways be a little boring to spend time with – and yet we will continue to be deeply loyal to them and know in our hearts that we owe them everything… ”

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