Let Sadness Teach You
Betty Ford was right. I met President Jerry Ford and the former First Lady at a work dinner in the early 1980s not long after my son Chris had begun to have problems with anorexia. Betty was a very gracious listener. She’d turned her own addiction issues into a remarkable positive, founding the renowned Betty Ford Center, which has helped many thousands of people. She had real insight into what it takes for people to get back on track.
“Joe, your son’s problems go back to a lack of self-esteem,” Betty told me. “Anorexia and self-esteem go together in the same way that drug problems and self-esteem go together.”
Those words stayed with me, and so did both Fords’ warmth and sympathy in listening to me talk about ...