Mom arrives today to help while my dad and C go on a ski trip – so I’ve been in a flurry of cleaning and prepping while still trying to work from home. This next week will be a good one to practice restraint.
While I love my mom and she is an incredible woman, I am not immune to the typical reactions that most women have when in close quarters with their mother for any length of time. In the past, after about 4-5 days I end up blowing my top about some stupid thing or another, and regretting it almost instantly.
I’m vowing this time will be different.
Although my relationship with my mom is not painful, I am finding this quote helpful as I work on being less reactive:
You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you.
True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. True power is restraint.
If words control you, that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.
Need it be said? I’m grateful for my mother’s influence in my life, and her gracious support whenever I need it – whether over the phone or in person during times like these. I’m grateful to have a mother who inspires me and lifts me up, even when we don’t agree.