Before we turn the television or electronic pads into more of a baby-sitter than they already are, or before we become too indebted in summer “options” to keep the kids busy and get them tired, let us take a moment to see the parenting opportunity in front of us.
Watching fish slowly swim by can be a rather soothing and fun venture. The kids and I will pick a spot and just stand there, and observe. Eventually, one of them will say, “Ooo, look at that one. What is that, Daddy?” The questions will follow, and the attempts at answering are made. We observe, and thankfully no touching (and thus no juggling) occurs. Nice, calm, tranquil.
November is the culmination of the Fall Season, closing out with a sumptuous meal at a glorious table surrounded by the warmth and love of a close knit family .... Wait, what was that screeching halt sound I just heard?
Regret can be a pattern, but it wants to be an opportunity. Realize this: regret is about missed opportunities. When we regret, it generally means this: an opportunity is coming; let’s not miss it this time.
Perhaps you are engaged in a summer of discontent that feels like the brutality of war on the inside. I invite you to persevere, to hang in there, with integrity, in the trueness of who you are and called to be. The tide may yet turn.