July 7, 2020
“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.” -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mary L. Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The world’s Most Dangerous Man” is set to be released next week. Mary is the niece of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
In my life, and in my work, I have seen over and over that all families have some “thing” that has caused issues/conflict/disruption. How each family system works through these inevitable situations, makes all the difference in the world.
Someone’s character is shaped by the interactions they have throughout their life; but a lot can be understood by how they are in relationship with their family. As I tell my children; your nuclear family… parents, siblings; are the most intimate. Family is who we know the most, and the closer family members get, the more is known about ways of being, character, inner thoughts, secrets. With these relationships, we can know best how to punch each others buttons; and also how best to support and empower.
Tonight Rachel Maddow previewed Mary L. Trump’s book. I am attaching the link to watch the 38 minutes worth of show that talks of the Trump family, and issues with family finances and the settling of the patriarch’s estate. I was fascinated to hear of Mary Trump’s revelations about her uncle; and about learning that she and her brother had been lied to about the family finances. And her decision to talk with the New York Times reporter, Susanne Craig, who led the investigative reporting team who published the story in 2018.
As always, I am reminded to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God; and with my family members. By taking responsibility for ourselves and our relationships; we pave the way for a better society.
I am so worried for this country. May understanding and education help; along with continued self-reflection, so as a whole, we may take action for a better future for this country.