The more I observe my child, the more life lessons I learn.
My child loves to swim and splash around in water. He goes to weekly lessons and due to the holidays, they were cancelled so we decided to take him swimming on our own.
In order for us to do this, we had to put him down a little earlier for his nap….he did not like this one bit. He fought and fought and fought and after an hour, finally fell asleep. Luckily, we were still able to fit swimming in when he woke up.
Now, what did I learn from this?
What are some life lessons that your children have taught you? Comment below.
They say that growth happens when you get outside of your comfort zones. One way to grow is to challenge your fears and put yourself in situations that make you a little (or alot) uncomfortable so that you can stretch.
If you fear public speaking, you could challenge that fear. Scared of heights? Keep putting yourself in higher and higher (but still safe) areas. You can also grow by having the difficult or uncomfortable discussions with others.
When dealing with people who have different values, life experiences and beliefs than you, it can be easy to find situations where you get uncomfortable. You can pause and recognize a discussion as an opportunity for growth or you can run away and avoid them all together.
Unfortunately, most people tend to avoid being uncomfortable. Lucky for me, I’m working on getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I had to have an uncomfortable discussion with my husband a while back and I was able to observe by body’s reactions to this situation. Once I knew I had to talk to him, I could feel my heart beating faster, hands getting clammy...in short I was observing my body kick into fight or flight. At the same time, I could tell that my body was reacting not only to the present moment but to something in the past. Once I realized that, I took deep breaths and calmed myself down. When I heard the garage door open, my heart skipped a beat. Again, I had to calm myself.
When I actually got out what I had to say, it wasn’t as bad as I had built it up to be! It never is! We resolved the issue and made things even better than before.
Whatever conversations it is that you find hard, whether they be finances, health issues, relationships issues, or just telling someone bad news….take it as an opportunity to grow. In the end, the waiting to talk is usually worse than the actual conversation itself.
Go out there and have those uncomfortable conversations and each time you have one, remember that you are growing a little more.
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I was trying to figure out what to write in my blog this week when I came across an article that spoke to me.
To those of you who wonder why you go through what you have gone through in your life….this is for you.
Gracefully Broken! ❤
I was in Dollar Tree last night, and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line.
One was a big kid, and the other one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks, and the toddler was screaming for them.
The Mom opened the pack and gave him one which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling; but then the bigger boy took it, and the toddler started screaming again.
Just as the Mom was about to fuss, the older child bent the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler.
As we walked outside at the same time, the toddler noticed that the stick was now glowing; and his brother said, "I had to break it so that you could get the full effect from it."
I almost ran, because l could hear Creator saying to me, "I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose."
That precious child was happy just swinging that "unbroken" glow stick around in the air, because he didn't understand what it was created to do - which was "glow".
There are some people who will be content just "being," but some of us that Creator has chosen... We have to be "broken."
We have to get sick.
We have to lose a job.
We go through a divorce.
We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child…
In those moments of desperation, Creator is breaking us. But... when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created.
So when you see us glowing, just know that we have been broken but healed by Creator's love and pity.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.