He was the catylist. He brought about an inadvertant change. And her life would not be the same. First in his mother, and then in the life of every woman whose life he touched thereafter.
After every guilt-ridden argument he had with his mother (especially in his teenage years), he was left reminded that he was a complicated birth. “The doctor told me that I shouldn’t have you.”
“But you are our love child…”
“We wanted you!”
“And this is how you behave?!?”
And in true Oedipus psychology, he fell in love with a woman who is very much like his mother. He overlooked mental health and insecurity when he proposed. And their love-child was not only conceived in love, but raised with praise. He loved his daughter with his whole heart. And that level of insecurity was too much for his wife.
He discarded the insecurity as jealousy. And he excused the jealousy to keep his own sanity; and by ignoring what he thought might be wrong, he enabled a woman who otherwise would not be able to get out of her own way.
He watched her destroy a relationship after relationship. She eventually partnered with his mother to collaborate and destroy his inner being. They wanted him to believe that he was crazy. Their private meetings were filled with how to manipulate him.
When he realized what was happening he confronted them both. He refused to deal with the recent loss of both his brother and his father. He mustered what strength he had to assert his authority in his own life.
The fallout was immeasurable. This was his first lesson (of many to come) that he can no longer be too nice to the wrong people. He internalized that he created this problem. He believed that the turmoil in his life was a direct result of him being kind for too long.
Every relationship thereafter came with caution-and a fear of betrayal. He would trust strangers more than his loved ones. It did not take long for new relationships to deteriorate as a result of his mistrust.
He began to realize that building walls was not only good for keeping others out, but keeping the wrong element in. He wondered if he was keeping the wrong people too close. So he removed his walls and let everybody in. He had to be on guard more than ever. He began to question everything.
Questioning everything evolved into challenging authority or anyone who tried to have dominion over him. He believed that only if he understood the world around him, he could be a part of positive change. All he wanted was to leave the world a little bit better than he had found it.
He knew that if he modeled strong manhood and effective leadership, his daughter and son would come to have the moral fortitude that others lacked.
He wasn’t wrong.
He grew stronger. His eyes opened. He awakened to a world that loved…
He became excited and built new relationships. These relationships were stronger and healthier. He became discerning. He began to choose his own destiny. His energy inspired others. But he didn’t want to inspire as much as he wanted to help. Instead of allowing his passions to keep him from the people he loved, he encouraged them to love life with him.
He loved. He loved life. He loved people. He loved the creations that God formed. He acknowledged bad things as necessary evils to evoke change.
He became aware of his passion. He prayed more. He took better care of his body. He considered the alternatives. He explored his options. He moved away from what he knew. He became uncomfortable. His discomfort became tradition until he learned to be more mobile. Now he can’t stop. He was once lured drama. But he learned that drama can inhibit. He wanted to focus more on growth.
He became a catylist for change by rejecting the norm. He won’t look back. Never look back…