"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." Graham Greene.
One moment. I wonder if this is true. I have a good idea when that one moment was for me, but I'm curious if others know. Was it a loss of innocence? A time of powerful grief? An epiphany of wonder and joy? Positive or negative? Empowering or debilitating? Is it worth noting because it steered the path of our choices in life....right up to now? What I think it does help is our understanding of another. It aids in our empathy and compassion towards others. And ourselves. But it is so personal and, I imagine, difficult to share. It is often what comes out on the psychiatrist's couch or the safety of a counselor's room. Perhaps it is simply enough to know each and everyone of us experienced that moment. - Beth Almond Ford