As you can see from a previous post, I read Jodi Picoult’s newest book Handle With Care. This story involved a family that was dealing with a lot of crisis and how the ripple effect rolled out into other people’s lives. Some parts of the book really got me thinking and I wanted to share them with you.

“You can tell yourself that you would be willing to lose everything you have in order to get something you want. But it’s a catch-22: all of those things you’re willing to lose are what make you recognizable. Lose them, and you’ve lost yourself.”

“Maybe that’s what we do to people we love: take shots in the dark and realize too late we’ve wounded the people we are trying to protect.”

“Families were never what you wanted them to be. We all wanted what we couldn’t have: the perfect child, the doting husband, the mother who’d let us go. We lived in our grown-up dollhouses completely unaware that, at any moment, a hand might come in and change around everything we’d become accustomed to.”

There is so much drama happening in the world today. Families are struggling daily with finances, divorces, sick or elderly parents, disabled children, troubled children, abuse, homelessness, drugs/alcohol use, job loss etc. No one knows what lies ahead, we just have to take each day, each moment as it comes our way and hopefully pick the right path to take. How we handle those moments makes us the person we are today.

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