CNN: In an e-mail titled “Dear All Three,” published in U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, Crews excoriates his three grown children for their professional and personal failures and for the “bitter disappointment each of you has in your own way dished out” to him and his wife.
Crews, a retired British naval officer, was fed up with his children’s unsuccessful marriages and inability to earn a living that, as he said, measures up to their potential.
I read into this a little bit. This guy proves my point exactly, and even the author agrees somewhat. Here is the metaphor. Your kid plays in a soccer league. Everybody gets a trophy, even the kids that don’t contribute. Parents are so afraid to be labeled closed-minded or politically incorrect that they never give their kids negative feedback or discipline them. Kids think that they are infallible. Society has become ruined by soccer moms.
Anybody see Dark Knight Rises? When Bruce Wayne was in the prison, and he would try to escape, what was his problem? He had to make a death defying jump in order to climb out. So he would tie a rope around his waist to catch him if he didn’t make it. Time after time, he missed the jump and the rope would keep him alive. Finally, an older, wiser inmate told him that he needs to do the jump without the rope. He was depending on the rope and therefore never giving 100%. He tried it without the rope and he made the jump, and basically ended up saving the world.
Take that metaphor with you this weekend. Find out what the rope is in your life and cut it.