Milton Wooley


“I think of the family system like an old tree with deep roots. We are always tied to it no matter what we do, but it’s not completely inflexible. Imagine you have a big fat rubber band that goes around you and the tree. If you don’t move at all, you are always bound by your role as the child of that system. It’s impossible to escape, but you must, somehow, move beyond your childhood ways. So you pull, and the rubber band stretches, and you pull some more, and the the rubber band pulls back with more resistance, and you pull even more, until you think you can’t pull any more.
That’s when you notice— the tree is starting to move.”

The Paradox of a Passionate Life

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