Another thought inspired by the “For Better or For Worse” comic Strip by Lynn Johnston. This one has the mother dressing her two young children and herself for the wet weather, with the children getting the full works: Gumboots, waterproof Coat and even umbrellas! After their walk, before going back inside, her young son asks, “ Mom? Can I play out-side in the rain by myself for a while?’ To which His mother says, “Sure Honey.” Then ads "Don’t go getting wet!” All this, leaving her son with a look of stunned amazement on his face.
Sounds funny, but I wonder how many of us leave others with a look of stunned amazement on their faces with our own unrealistic restrictions and expectations?
So today I would like us all to, not so much look at ourselves, but to at least “Listen“ to ourselves and really hear what we are really saying and whether it really is realistic and achievable and helpful to others? Or whether we simply confuse, and even amaze them but sadly not in a good way. So today before you set restrictions to those under your control, whether your own children, someone else’s children, or work mates, please think about what you say and make sure it is realistic please? For their sake as much as your own!