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|It's OK to be 'only half as good'|
Son, if you are only half as good as your father, you are a good man." Even though I thought the world of my dad, these words bothered me as I was trying to make my way in this world.
As a young man, I was not aware of what a great compliment this was, but somewhere along the pathway of life, I began to feel the pressure of living up to my dad. I almost began to resent the remark, even though it was a compliment. No matter how hard I tried, or how much success I met along the way, it was always the same. "Son, I knew your dad. And if you are only half the man he was, you are a good man." Even though it was a compliment, it was still not allowing me to become as good as my dad.
I know this type of comparison, whether the comparison be with your dad, your mom, or one of your siblings. Sometimes pressure can build around these assessments. I have seen it damage someone's life when they are always compared to someone in the family. You have an older brother to live up to. You have an older sister to live up to. These demands — whether self-inflicted or family oriented — can manufacture a psychological heaviness that lead to a son's or daughter's downfall or rebellion.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.