My daughter started school a couple of weeks ago. It was a hard week. We all were trying to settle back into a school routine, both in the mornings and in the evenings.
Cliff notes version of last week, I lost my temper like I haven't lost my temper in a long, long, long time.
Trust me. I was patient and kind at first. I was sympathetic to the fact that my kid didn't want to return to school already. We were all in a state of change. However, with all the push back, attitude, crankiness, and flat our rudeness, I couldn't take anymore. I snapped.
This consciousness project has me on my toes. Every. Single. Day. I stay as present as I can and reflect upon things that happen during the day.
Upon reflection, I see that I gave up. I gave up being patient. I gave up being kind. I gave up being a role model.
Since looking at it that way, I have to say it's been easier for me to keep it together. When I feel the tension building, I warn her that the direction I feel the discussion is headed is not looking bright. Or, I walk away if I must.
I'm not claiming some grand victory here. We all lose it from time to time. But I am happy that the second week went way better than the first...and that I didn't give up.
Be open to what comes.