Velcro was inspired by thorny stickers: Essentially the inventor created union without pain.
I’m trying to do that with my family. I have a lot of habitual responses to stress that lead to me being impatient and unpleasant at times.
When I teach class I prepare myself. I sit, I reflect on some stories to tell, then before class begins I ask a few questions to learn if anyone has any special needs, then I listen to their answer and try to serve.
If I had learned to do this earlier, maybe I would have been a better parent. But I was too young, too stressed, and too tired to figure out a better way than the way I was raised.
I cannot undo the past, I can only challenge myself to slow down each day, to grow the ability to be patient.
Regret is real, telling me not to have it is frustrating.