My daughter is out of school today. I had to drop her off at childcare for the day. And, although I gave her plenty of warning of the need to drop her off, she was none too happy today.
My daughter is shy. So when she has to go to new places or be introduced to new folks, she gets really nervous. Today, childcare was at a location with which my daughter is not normally accustomed. She knew she didn't have a choice in the matter, and quite frankly was trying very hard to be "a big girl" about it. When I dropped her off, the trepidation was written on her face like bright red lipstick.
I thought about her at different moments during the day. I wondered if she ran into familiar faces or even found a friend with whom she could bond. I wondered if she sat quietly by herself reading her favorite book. I wondered if she were counting the minutes until it was time to go.
When I got home, she said, "It was the best day, EVER!"
I loved this moment so much. Not only was it memorable because I learned that my daughter had a really enjoyable day, but more so because it's these moments from which she will learn. She will learn that being afraid isn't the only thought she can have. She will learn that what her mind tells her to fear is often unfounded. She will learn to be open to possibilities and opportunities. She will learn that she may be pleasantly surprised.
When putting my daughter to bed, we told her that we were happy to hear that she had the best day ever. She replied, "Me too. I've had a lot of best day evers!"
Makes a momma's heart melt...
Does fear command your thoughts? If so, how might fear be holding you back from having the best day ever?!
Be open to what comes.