The Foundation of a Happy Life
It’s an awesome responsibility to be a parent. I freak out a little when I allow myself to contemplate the implications of the environment I provide my kids and how my actions and behavior shape and form my kids’ experiences and personalities.
I carefully choose my teachable moments with my kids. I don’t flood them with advice or try not to berate them on bad choices along the way. My primary goal is to be a support system and provide an emotionally stable environment for them so they may have a chance to prosper and thrive.
On some occasions; however, I try to speak truth to them in hopes that I may plant seeds of wisdom that may serve them well as they grow into adult life. My primary advice that I constantly tell them is quite simple, “Don’t overreact to life.” I tell my kids, “It’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it seems.”
My observation of society is that we are made up of reactionary beings that are beholden to our environment and the actions of others. I’ve allowed myself to get caught in this trap in the past and I regret it. I’ve learned from past mistakes and try to check my emotions and how I react to changes in my environment. Everything and everyone changes. Our lives are in constant flux and could become emotionally and physically draining, if we allow ourselves to get caught up in it.
At the end of the day, life comes down to what happens to us and how we react to it. It’s our reactions that dictate the quality of our lives. That’s why I always tell my kids to react appropriately to a situation. For the most part, my family lives a drama-free life. We avoid negative situations and don’t allow life to steal the peace in our home. As a result, our kids find comfort and security within the confounds of our family home. They know, that no matter what they experience in the world, they can come home and disconnect from life, because we work hard to not allow overreactions in our home.
If you seek happiness, react less to the highs and don’t allow your lows to dominate your emotions. Life happens and you must react, just stop overreacting. Keep perspective in your life and don’t allow drama and chaos to seep into your heart. Protect your spirit and pause before you react to any stimulus in life. What’s bugging you today? Choose to react in a way that allows you to find peace. Life will happen, just remember, you hold the ultimate power in how you choose to react to life. Choose peace.