I Choose… To Make All The Difference
For my family:
My mood makes the weather;
I have the power to make my child’s life miserable or joyous;
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration;
My response determines escalation or de-escalation – humanize or de-humanize;
I can humiliate or humor;
I can hurt or heal.
I choose to make all the difference.
To share a story…
Our first time out with our camper – long 34 foot 5th wheel. Little did we know we were going to the campground after an overnight rain of more than three inches. Took us about 5 minutes to get stuck in the mud, and about another half hour to get REALLY stuck in the mud. Everything we did made it worse not better. We decided then and there after looking at the kids that this would be a memorable even one way or another – either the kids remembering just how much stress there was that day OR they could remember being allowed to play in the mud and run around in the rain and hoot and holler as much as they wished. The latter is the memory they have and I have no doubt it was the correct choice. The camper did evenutally get out with the help of a crew of workers and some additional trucks. The kids did eventually get in the truck – all tired and muddy covered in blankets. And we all eventually got to go camping….