Perhaps the most difficult lesson to learn on my journey is just how little we control. It’s tempting to believe we have the power to alter the behavior of others. I spent the majority of my life invested in that belief. What I now accept is that the only thing we control is our own actions and reactions. With that comes another revelation. All the stress throughout my life was created because I had the misguided belief that my reactions would cause other people to act differently.
If I could have a do-over, I would relax more, be fully present for my kids and enjoy the simple pleasure of time spent being creative and curious and having fun without an agenda. My kids have taught me a lot through their example. It’s one of life’s ironies that we sometimes have the blessing of giving birth to the people who will challenge us to reflect, inspire us to grow and teach us the most about ourselves