I am a strong believer in the power of story. Studies done by people such as psychologist Carl Jung and mythologist Joseph Campbell suggest that the old myths and stories contain much important collective psychological information. Imagery and metaphor are powerful ways to connect with people. The old stories were a way of conveying basic human truths through an ancient oral tradition. Stories didn’t begin to be written down until around 3000 years ago.
When I was going through my divorce many years ago, we had to deal with some family issues with a therapist. In one of our sessions I learned a term that I hadn’t heard before: good enough parenting. The term was meant to suggest the impossibility of being a perfect parent. First, because even psychologists can’t agree on a definition for parental perfection. But secondly, and perhaps most importantly, no real human being (much less a parent) could ever live up to anyone’s concept of perfection.