Glenn: You can live your life; you choose your own path

Yesterday, Glenn returned to the airwaves for the first time since the death of his father on Saturday. He delivered an emotional monologue that touched on the evolution their relationship had undergone over the years. On radio this morning, Glenn elaborated on that point as he explained the dysfunction that exists within his own family and why we all must learn to take charge of our own lives.

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There is no such thing as a perfect family, and Glenn’s family is no exception. While we all may long with the ideal “Hallmark” family, Glenn suggested we would be better served if we started “wishing for reality.”

“Maybe we should start wishing for reality because that’s what you are going to get. No matter what you wish for, you are going to get reality,” Glenn explained. “Families offer us perspective. Families keep us rooted… It gives you perspective.”

Glenn has always been open about his difficult childhood and the demons he faced later in life, but, as he explained, everyone is presented with a decision: “Build yourself into victimhood” or “build your own life.” Glenn and his father had a falling out several years ago, and while they never truly had a “come to Jesus moment,” Glenn talked about all he learned from his dad.

“We had a severe difference of opinion on what a man does and who a man is, but I understand my father’s life,” Glenn said. “My father never told anybody [he] ran away from home when he was a kid because of the abuse that he was getting. He ran off to Los Angeles. He lived in a YMCA. When he was 16 years old, he was raped in a Y. He then finds God, and the preacher is a total and complete fraud and steals everything from everybody. After those experiences, back to his dad, who is a total ass… and says, ‘I’m just not going to be you.’ And he takes responsibility for his life.”

“My father taught me… a lot of things,” he continued. “But if he taught me anything, it was this: Life is a series of choices. You just have to make the choice and then live with the ramifications of those choices because you are an individual. You can live your life. You choose your own path. Not to choose is to choose.”

In order to take ownership of your life, however, you must have a strong foundation from which to build. For Glenn, God is an integral part of that foundation, and watching his father in the final moments of his life reaffirmed that belief.

“May I recommend you build with a strong foundation? God can help you with that… God does exist. You want a foundation? Start there,” Glenn concluded. “But… stop blaming others. Stop tolerating the blame of others. Stop looking at the excuses that are so easy and maybe you have grown accustomed to. Life is so good. It is so worth living… because only through struggle do you build anything. Only through need and necessity, only going through the fire storm do you get through the other side and go, ‘Wow. I cannot believe what we just did.’ Let’s build it together.”

  • landofaahs

    I was not raised in a perfect family but it was perfect for me. I’m thankful God sent me to my loving parents who are now gone. But they raised me in the Christian faith in love and I know that on that great day when the Lord comes again, that the joyous reunion in heaven with Christ will wipe away every tear of this fallen world.

  • Fat Lip

    A rock and roll song once stated !
    Yes there are two paths you can go bye but in the long run .
    Life is the Battle of Good vs. Evil there are the two paths NO in between one or THEE other .
    Praise God find the right path it is who you really are !!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Time to choose our path America.

  • Kerry Rovan

    In my family right now we are going through the 31st year of my now 77 year old Dad, (turned 77 on March 19th) verbally abusing my Mother, (75.5 years old). We are all worn out by him. He is also since mid November been suffering from pinched nerves in his back and has been forced since then to use a walker for the first time in his life. And my parents mudroom off from their kitchen at a cost of $15,000.00 HAD to be turned,(still is being turned, almost done) into a downstairs bathroom for my Dad. He is using a “medical toilet” as they call it for now, (one of those that you manually empty everyday, my Mother is doing that for him). As he verbally abuses her she cries and keeps doing his laundry and everything else as a construction worker works as fast as he can all by himself trying to finish up that new downstairs bathroom. My Dad is a retired 7th and 8th grade public school teacher, he taught English. I stop by almost daily and try to help my Mother as he lays into her and I have to tell him to stop it. He listens to me but only until I leave. Then he really lays into my Mother and she calls crying. I live only 3 miles geographically up the hill from my parents. My Mother does not deserve this after she had and then raised his 7 children, (I am the middle child of those 7 children). He has his moments with all 7 children where he is great…but for no reason since 1983 starting at the age of 46, (my Mother 45 at that time, with 7 children ranging in age from 4 to 18 years of age that year) my Dad just lays into my Mother. Lately, even with all that she does, because she will not chip in $27.00 toward the cable bill, he hates her for it. God bless.

  • Deckard426

    Obama: “Glenn, if you like your life, you can keep your life, as long as my death panel approves it.”

  • Guest

    Time for mom to toughen up with a little “tough love”. He must realize he will be sunk if she were to leave him and go live with one of her kids. At least threatening to do it might make him back off.

  • Robert Starkand

    When I read the Cain and Able story, I realized that family life was never peaches and cream.

  • Anonymous

    Something going on between them — old age dementia??

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