2016 – the start of a new year – the days, the weeks, the months lie ahead of us with promise, surprise and new beginnings.
Everywhere we look- on-the web, newspapers, magazines, television – the topics are the same. What are your New Year’s Resolutions – stress-free living, more exercise, weight loss, no more yelling, being a perfect parent, having a cleaner house?
Sometimes the bombardment of suggestions and advice make it all sound so easy – but we know better. They sound so perfect yet we know better.
Yesterday walking along the river at Riverside Park, the sun was shining, the snow still pristine – it was a beautiful day. But the wind that blew in your face was strong and cold.
It was so right in your face – just like so many things can be in the complex world of parenting.
We talked about the wind, my husband and I, as we walked along. I said if we just let ourselves feel the wind, don’t stiffen up and fight the wind, but meet it full on – embrace it, head right on into it, something changes.
Yes – it’s still freezing, it still might sting, but by expecting it and accepting it for what it is, perhaps adjusting your hood or zipping up your collar, it becomes just a part of the beautiful blue sky, sunshine and pristine snow – not the whole thing.
So that’s what my new year’s resolution will be, and one I believe can match any of the resolutions that strive for perfection.
It’s to embrace the imperfections and in- your- face- obstacles that might happen in our everyday family/parenting/work lives, while recognizing, appreciating and accepting the brightness, clarity and warmth that shines through too.
The Parenting Place invites you to join a Discussion Circle on Thursday, January 21st, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at The Parenting Place in La Crosse. We’ll try and discover and share ways we might bring more simplicity and ease into our family lives. Pre-registration is necessary. Call 784-8125 to register. Limited child care is available for children who are independent walkers and older; babies are welcome in our circle.