Motherhood’s Near-Horrifying Responsibility

Goethe wasn’t a mother, but he nailed the essence of it in this quote. I haven’t researched what it’s from, or what his larger point was, and frankly, I’m not going to make time to do so, because of what the quote itself has taught me! If anyone knows and wants to share that knowledge with me, add it in the comments! 

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. 

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. 

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

Posted on November 1, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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