I've noticed when Marisol gets frustrated or angry she often lets out a loud yell/grunt type noise - "ahhhhuggghhhh!" And I hear... myself. oops. It usually seems better than the many alternatives (like what? hitting, stomping, throwing things, yelling direct, mean words at another person etc.) but when I hear her, it is obvious that it is not the best option. I try to model taking deep breaths and want to do that more! I know that my ideals are quite high and appreciate this quote, "Ideals are stars to aim for, not sticks to beat yourself up with" ~ from our friend, Giuditta Tornetta, of Joy in Birthing (Also posted on the Hypnobabies facebook page - have I mentioned that I love Hypnobabies and the women involved with it?? :-)
So embracing peaceful ways includes being forgiving of ourselves (because although my own mother may find this shocking, I am not perfect) - not beating ourselves up, but still recognizing where we can make improvements. For my peace lovin' idealistic self, once again my daughter is my mirror and teacher. Often I need to stop and think, or even more likely STOP THINKING, and appreciate and enjoy my life, my family, and all of our blessings RIGHT NOW. These little reminders around the house help me remember what stars I am shooting for (most of the time!)
Do you have any favorite quotes or inspiration that help keep you on your path?