Embrace for impact

Am I a hugger? Should I be?

John I. Carney

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Photo of President Gerald Ford being embraced by his wife Betty in the Oval Office of the White House. Ford’s hand is reaching towards the photographer.
President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford in the Oval Office. Photo by David Hume Kennerly, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Two or three months ago, I was in the middle of a family crisis which was wearing me and my siblings down. I was stressed and exhausted. I was at church and spoke briefly to one of my fellow church members, a retired teacher, about the situation. She consoled me.

“I know you’re not a hugger,” she said.

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John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike