This is a famous quote from Gandhi. This has never be more applicable than when I became a parent.
I was brought up to always respect my parents and to never talk back even if I believed my parents were wrong.
I then realised that to give respect it must be earned not demanded. My son has always been my biggest button pusher but he is also my biggest teacher. Not until recently it has dawned on me that how can ask him to stop shouting or being violent with his words if I am doing the same. Even If I am older than him and his parent, he has every right to speaks how he feels especially if disagrees with me.
I like to walk my talk, but I haven’t always with my kids and in the moments I have shouted at them. I have always known that I have a choice in any moment as to how I am going to react and with practice and a lot of patience I actually have stopped shouting at them.
I can only be responsible for how I react, not how anyone reacts to me. The truth is what anyone does, thinks or says is nothing to do with me.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung
Always remember to be kind to yourself as you start taking responsibility for all your actions. One step at a time. A journey starts with a single step. It takes practice and you will get there.
As you start to make changes in your life, you then can think about making the a difference for others. It doesn’t have to be something tremendous. Little things, such as smiling or greeting others with a “Good Morning”.
Do one act of kindness each day of the year and change 365 lives, one step at a time.
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