“You become what you think about all day long.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“…an obsession is a way for damaged people to damage themselves more.”
– Mark Barrowcliffe
In the following excerpt from Betrayal of Trust, the reader is first introduced to Edward Slocum’s struggle with work addiction: an obsessive-compulsive disorder. His self-imposed demands and overindulgence in his work had almost cost him dearly:
He had worked the last 15 years to develop a new filtration system that screened out harmful pharmaceuticals from contaminating the water supply. His preoccupation with it had almost cost him his marriage. Their careless indifference could jeopardize my project, his mind screamed. Goddamn them!
Still, as seen in this second excerpt, there was a cost to him:
The last thing Karen had to have heard was metal hitting metal, he thought in anguish. And the baby! God! How could I have not known she was pregnant?