Being idealistic parents means we do a lot of asking.
When you're upset by your child's behavior, when you fall short of your own ideals, or when you see other parents mistreating their children, your reaction is a kind of asking. You're asking for a more harmonious, parent-friendly, child-honoring world.
Well, you can ask and ask and ask, but you won't receive much of what you're asking for until you stop asking and get in a receiving mode:
- Let go of the question and assume the answer is already on its way.
- Enjoy your expectation of satisfaction and silently give thanks in advance.
- Be willing to wait "forever" for the answer/fulfillment. The longer you're willing to wait, the quicker it will come.
Today, practice getting in a receiving mode as you interact with your children, your peers, and society at large. Can you feel the difference between asking and receiving?