TBT: You Have Power in Every Moment
Often it’s the meanings that we attach to events or conversations that cause us the most pain. Think about this: Someone else’s child, visiting your house for dinner, gets engrossed in conversation and forgets to pick up their plate. You playfully remind them to do so. What happens when your children do the same thing? Suddenly it MEANS something. They don’t respect you. They are lazy. You haven’t done a proper job in getting them to take responsibility around the house.
If you can extract yourself from this kind of thinking, you can free yourself up to look for the good in your child rather than squint for the bad. You actually give yourself the choice as to whether or not to take something personally. Taking just a moment – in the heat of the moment – to breathe deeply and decide just how much you’re going to allow something to affect you gives you tremendous power over it.