Once upon a time, there were two sisters who aroused the interest of a therapist. One sister was an alcoholic, while the other hardly touched liquor at all.
Curious as to the “causes” of this difference, the therapist interviewed the sisters separately.
To the alcoholic she said, “You’ve been an alcoholic for most of your adult life. Why do you suppose that is?” The woman responded, “That’s easy to explain. You see, my father was an alcoholic. You might say I learned to drink at my father’s knee.”
To the woman who hardly touched liquor at all the therapist said, “You don’t like to drink. How come?” The woman responded, “That’s easy to explain. You see, my father was an alcoholic. You might say I learned very early in life that alcohol can be poison.”
LESSON: Personal Responsibility
What we are may be our parents’ fault; what we remain
is our responsibility. Ultimately we are responsible for
the conclusions we draw from our experiences.