Friday, September 23, 2016

hello there, friend,

just yesterday my daughter was struggling with her calculus homework. she came to me full of frustration and worry, feeling the pressure of too many assignments, not enough sleep, and a scattered mind. we talked for a while about the many feelings one can have at the same time and how that sometimes seems overwhelming, but is completely normal.

i had to remind myself more than once that my job wasn't to fix anything for her, or to offer her solutions, but to be her sounding board, a safe place for her to say what she was thinking and how she was feeling without any judgement and with empathy and compassion.

i glanced down at my wrist as we talked where i have a bracelet that reads, 'only love today'. i can't tell you how many times i've read that message in the last week and felt it's importance. whether it reminds me to act or respond in love to those in my own house or those i work with, it's a reminder to love myself as well... my own love note.