When you think things are going great…

Wow, Henry is really focused today on his work. He’s being so still and quiet. What a great mom he has! She must really be on top of life (smirk, smirk).

True confession- I was very proud of myself as a virtual school parent recently, but it didn’t last long.

Henry was folding paperclips into hooks- not at all engaged in his lesson.

At first, I saw wasted paper clips and snatched them away. Then I realized this was fine motor practice- OT skills for the win!

It was also Christmas crafting- nativity shepherd crooks, anyone?

Christmas ornament hooks- why, yes, indeed!

Those little handles to dye Easter eggs that never work, possibly?

Glass half full, glass half empty, right?

So, what has happened to you when you thought things were going great and they weren’t at all on track?

How did you respond?

There is humor in the everyday when we can create space for ourselves to regain perspective.

Does this mean to not take life seriously? Of course not.

I’m talking about not being carried away in a moment where perspective goes out the window.

Because Henry’s development has not followed the usual pattern of childhood development, I am having to constantly check my thoughts when I work with him. I ask myself big questions to re-anchor my heart and mind. I ask, “How does this affect his soul?” “Will this matter down the road?” “What can I learn about Henry from this experience?” “What has my response taught me about myself?” “How can things like this go better in the future?”

I have lived too long being subject to the whims of unchecked emotions. I want to be different. I want to be rooted and strong- not just for my children, but for myself.

So, what does that come down to?

Choices, choices, choices….

My daughter recently told me my “Choices” lecture did not have any effect on her because she had heard it too many times. Guess what I said in response?

You got it!

She was CHOOSING to be closed off to my message and she needed to CHOOSE to be open to some self-reflection. She loved it.

To keep our mind and heart in check when we discover things are not going as we thought, we have to choose to remember who we are. We have to remember the words of 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound judgement”.

Inhale. Exhale. Always remember who you are.

What big questions do you ask yourself to regain perspective? I would love to know.

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