Have you experienced a flight delay? If you've flown commercially to any great extent, then you have certainly been subjected to the emotional whiplash of a delay. It serves to remind us how we are not in control of all aspects of our lives no matter how much we want to be.
So how well did you handle the delay? Did you cry, get mad, blame someone, or complain to the ticket agent? Or did you just say that was to be expected occasionally? It is to be expected, and we should all know it, but managing those expectations is not easy for some of us. Yet, it's what emotionally healthy people do.
On the other hand we don't want to be so passive that we just go through life letting things happen to us and setting no goals, having no drive. So how do we walk the line between those two extremes? It's not easy. We need to set goals to be successful, but when obstacles come up, we need to be flexible enough to change plans.
How do we teach this difficult concept to our children? As you probably expected me to say by now, live it ourselves and they will too. This is an attitude that's "caught" not taught. When they see us adapt to the delays of life, they will assume the same attitude.
So set aggressive goals, accept setbacks, and set new goals. Work hard but don't get bent out of shape if plans change.
Blessings on your parenting,
Tim Miesner, Principal