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Shifting Sands by Steve Donahue

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Experience and preparedness don’t guarantee success or swiftness in the deserts of life. A skilled therapist can be stopped in her tracks by her own midlife crisis. Her knowledge, degrees, and experience can’t help. The counselor needs counseling because she is in a desert.

In a desert it’s normal to feel inept. Your problem isn’t lack of planning. If planning really helped and if training really mattered, we’d take lessons on marriage as well as divorce. You’d need a license to have children. There’d be a test to pass, and you’d need to submit a plan for your child’s growth and learning before receiving permission to procreate.

Unpredictability and uncertainty are two hallmarks of desert travel. What is the route to raising a teenager? How ...

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