Goodness, I can go on and on about this topic – but don’t worry, I won’t. I just thought I’d pick up on one of the points in the previous point – Letter A of the ABCs of Parenting. A reader of ours also made a comment that she really has to work on this point and I realized that I do too!
I think this is one of my problems – I need to be in control of everything. It is in my nature. Somehow, even if it is not shown overtly, I want to control my husband, my kids, my job, and my life. If something is even not remotely under my control, I don’t feel right. Maybe that is why there are a lot of times that I feel as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders!
I’ve learned a lot about letting go in the past year, however. It may be passé, but the Serenity Prayer really helped me. I am sure many of you know it by heart but let me share a snippet just the same:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
As parents, we find out that there are SO MANY things that we cannot change. It is the accepting the fact that can present quite a challenge. Still, it is comforting to know that we are not alone in our experiences, isn’t it?