“I realized that I had never even let my wife see me as I really was. I'd been playing games with her, and playing games with my children, and playing games with others -- never letting anybody know who I really am.
“The worst of it was to discover that even I didn't know myself. I was not in touch with my own honest feelings about myself. And, as all of this was being exposed over the weekend, I died over and over again."
It is a painful thing for a middle-aged man to discover that he is not even in touch with his own feeling about himself. "I am convinced," he said, "that I had to go through this death experience in order to become the new person that I hope to be now."
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