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Unwrapping Gifts of Wisdom From Some of My Callers

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By Tuesday, 01 December 2020 12:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It is the end of 2020, a tough year for all, and the month of religious holidays. I’ve decided to use this column to give myself presents!

From Catherine: "You are talking about accepting reality in today’s world. Thank you! I know kids getting married this year and some are unwilling to accept the fact that they can’t have their dream wedding. I get kids being dumb. I was there once too . . . but it is the parents that are flooring me.

"I recently read about people that were getting married during the Great Depression. No wedding or big show, and most of them had the same simple gold band for a wedding ring because that was the only aff ordable one. I am scared for society, what is everyone going to do when something really tragic happens?

"Many parents are not doing their job by not teaching their kids to accept reality."

From Sherry: "My dad taught me if you get crapped on, don’t go back for seconds! I have applied this to my life and it has helped me stand up for myself when needed. My mom taught respect."

From Marcia: "I love you for all you do for everyone, me included. Your direct no-nonsense attitude is wonderful. I was listening to you yesterday and you were speaking with a woman who was whining about her problems. You kept telling her to stop whining and do something.

"It reminded me of something one of my bosses taught me quite a few years ago that I still use to this day. I went to him with a problem; we discussed a solution. When I met with him again, I came back with the same problem. He said, and I quote, 'Okay, let’s stop admiring the problem and do something about it.'"

From Carlos: "I spent from February of 2005 to February 2015 in federal prison, most of it in high-custody penitentiaries. I was a drug carrier. To make a very long story very short, I heard your radio program for about a year and a half, read fi ve of your books, and that changed me. I have learned to be happy. Thank you, Dr. Laura. I am working in construction and I’m always thinking of your teachings. I do the right thing regardless of how I feel. God bless you."

From Jen: "I had to LOL to your caller who said that her daughter had heard her parents having sex. When our daughter was about 13, she was doing the dishes and made the comment: 'What in the world were you doing last night?'" As soon as she said it she put two and two together and quickly continued washing dishes. She was mortifi ed, as was I. My husband didn’t miss a beat and said: 'Well, did you think we found you under a rock somewhere?'"

That was over 20 years ago. She is now married and with a family of her own and on many occasions she has said that, awkward as that moment was for her, at the time, it gave her a great sense of security knowing that her parents loved each other. Never be afraid to love your husband. Your children will be better for it!

From Sharon: "I want to thank you for giving me clarity about my grief. I lost my husband of 27 years in January. It seems like yesterday but also a lifetime ago. I felt if I wasn’t sad and crying all the time, I wasn’t grieving my loss. I heard you ask someone: 'Are you sad, do you miss them, do you think of them? Then you are grieving.' When I heard you tell the caller that, it made me understand that everyone grieves diff erently."

From Alicia: "I only wish I ran into your show when I was younger because it would have made my life much easier. I definitely would have chosen better.

"What I remember the most from you was when you asked a caller: 'Is this the man you would want your daughter to marry?' It was a terrible feeling to have after I answered that with a 'No,' just like the caller did. Then you proceeded to ask: 'Then why would you think you deserve less?'

"Ouch! That was a reality check for me. Ever since then I put my foot down and called him on his shenanigans for the most part. It hasn’t been the best marriage, but you have made it better than it would have been because of all the things you have taught me."

Thank you all who have listened, called, and written through 2020.

Blessings and Happy Holidays!

Dr. Laura (Laura Schlessinger) is a well-known radio personality and best-selling author. She appears regularly on many television shows and in many publications. Read Dr. Laura's Reports — More Here.

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