In, “The Tragic Necessity of Human Life: Willa Cather on Relationships and How Our Formative Family Dynamics Imprint Us,” Maria Popova snuck into my memories of those years as a clinical social worker. We are the continuous cause, effect and results of relationships. Our never ending and dynamic mixture of relations, sequels and aftermaths is never something we can fully take take hold of. Every last one of us is surprised with, annoyed by or deny aspects of our relationships that are not within our grasp. Maria’s short article is a marvelous introduction of both Willa Cather and the works of Thich Nhat Hahn and worthy of a short effort to look a little more fully into yourself.