On Sunday, Chuck and I tend to watch Face The Nation and The McLaughlin Group. Caidin is usually sitting nearby playing with his toys or reading. From time to time he will ask us a question about something someone has said, but in general he doesn’t appear to be paying attention.
The other night Caidin said something to me before he went to bed. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but he was upset that people were saying that President Obama was a ‘bad guy’ and he was angry with Mitt Romney. I explained to Caidin that winning in politics often comes down to pitting one side against the other, about creating a sense of loyalty and allegiance to both a message and to a party and that in order to do that, both sides makes the other out to be a ‘bad guy’.
I went on to further explain to Caidin, that the need to have a ‘bad guy’ to fight against isn’t anything new. It’s present in mythology, in literature and throughout history. It’s even present in how we unconsciously learn our life lessons. We need something to push against, we need someone or something to be the ‘Big Bad’.
Caidin wanted to know what Labor Day is and why we have it. Off to google I went. I get stuck in the details. I understand the broad concept, or with words for example, I know how to use them, but ask me to define specifically and I say things like, ‘It’s a day for workers not to work.’ My husband just rolls his eyes at me, so lately I’ve just taken to saying, ‘let me get a good definition for you.’
Friday Wisdom is shared from Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition) Each Deck has 42 cards and a booklet that offer insight and guidance for parenting consciously.
Embrace Card #36 in The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition)
Today I drew the Embrace Card.
As with many of the cards in my Conscious Living Wisdom Deck, the Embrace cards speaks of three aspects of ’embrace’; offering insight and guidance in meeting your life with open arms; embracing wholeheartedly who are children are, and reminding you that a hug can say so many things and among them are ‘hello’, ‘your O.K.’, ‘I love you’, and ‘I’m happy you’re here.’
The Embrace Card is a fitting card for the last day of August and the end of summer. School starts next week and both parents and children have new experiences in front of them . For kids: new teachers, new classmates, new schedules, new information – there will be no shortage of ‘new’. For parents: not only new schedules, but more importantly the changes our children will experience and test as they take yet another step toward growing up.
As all this newness comes flooding in you will have many opportunities to explore the three aspects of ‘Embrace’.
Of the many gifts today’s children have, the ability to manifest what they want is a gift that is in some cases is almost magical.