I recall the time that I commented to a client about the elaborate duct tape repair job he had done on his eyeglasses after having seen this for several weeks. He replied that it "did the job just fine" and besides, getting new glasses would be "way too expensive." I asked him what he would have recommended to his wife or to one of his children if it had been their glasses that had broken. Without missing a beat, he replied, "oh, well I would tell them to go and get new glasses!" The conversation that followed was interesting and revealing as we wondered together why it was that he would not want to see them walk around in tape-repaired eyeglasses any longer than necessary and why it was that new glasses would not be too expensive for them, but somehow managed to be too expensive for him.
An updated version of Self-Care and the Care of Others is included in my new book, Help Me!. More information, including the table of contents, reviews and purchasing information is available on the Help Me! page.