Maddie (15) teaches Mommy a Lesson
My 15-year-old daughter, Maddie, reminded me of a good lesson Thursday. She had a late summer fling with some nice boy, who lives about an hour away from her. She really liked him, but not desperately. They had a lot in common, but he was 3 years older than her and was about to start college. So he texted her Thursday evening and basically broke up.
She read me the text right when she received it. She seemed unusually calm and said that she'd partly expected it. After a few minutes, she said, "Mommy, will you tap with me? I just tapped for a long time before he texted me and I've been praying too, but I'm afraid this is going to settle in and I'm going to be very upset." I told her that getting upset was her choice.
If she was fine now, she could be fine later. I told her we could talk about it. About two minutes later she had a big grin on her face and said, "That's neat! I didn't realize I could choose to be happy like that even when my boyfriend just broke up with me!" I thought it was a stunning example of how we are all at choice about our happiness or lack of happiness. If we would all just decide to change our feelings despite the reality in front of our faces, we'd all be much happier!
This practice takes much practice. If Maddie can get it at 15, we adults can too! Admittedly, I've been a little stressed out today with many deadlines and feeling like there just isn't enough time. So right now I am choosing to relax into this present moment, my big to-do list and all. Let's all take a deep breath together and just relax! Observe how we let sanity or insanity take over. All is well....
Make it a great weekend!
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Angie Monko, CH