Sometimes life throws you curves and you feel like you are upside. Currently with the fall out from the financial crisis many people are upside-down on the mortgages owing more than the home is worth. This can have negative connotations.
It seems like we are often look at the down side of things. But I watching Hannah last week gave me a the idea to turn upside-down, well upside-down.
What’s Up with Upside-down
As I watched Hannah play on the ropes going up and relaxing along the way I felt a sense of peace. Then she found out she could hang upside-down. It was possible because she was well anchored with the harness she was wearing. With the harness you are secure. You can explore, relax, and even have fun. She had so much fun climbing up, stopping, and then just letting go and hanging there in midair.
Lesson of Upside-down
I think the lesson I want to take away from this is that as a parent I am the one providing the safety harness for my children. They are free to explore, relax, and have fun because they are doing those things within the safety of the limits we provide for them. But as they grow they will expand their horizons. They will climb higher and explore new things but they are anchored. There will come a time when we have to let go and they have to find their own anchoring point and create their own safety harness but they will be able to do this because they will have seen the example we set, they will have practiced making good choices, and they will see the value in knowing the limits.
Check out more great U posts but heading to the anchor post in the graphic below: