Let’s face it, we all do and say things we regret. As a parent, this happens more often than I’d like to admit. I yell at my kids. I treat them with disrespect. I am short-tempered with them. I’m unempathetic. I’m selfish. I’m impatient. But today is a new day. Let me repeat that…today is a new day! That is a beautiful phrase to me, as a parent who is trying to reform from my former authoritarian ways to a more peaceful, gentle ideal. I may have reverted back to my old self yesterday, after much stress and exhaustion, but that doesn’t have to dictate what I do and say today. Every time I choose to do things differently today, I’m writing a new past for my children. One that isn’t filled with hurt, anger, and frustration. I’m giving them memories of love, caring, and understanding. And maybe, just maybe, I can give them more happy memories than sad ones. What’s more, I can show them that it is possible to be the person you want to be if you don’t give up trying. It’s possible to rewrite your destiny. We are not slaves to our circumstances. We have the choice every day, every hour, every minute, to be the person we want to be. No change is too big or too small. So carpe diem; seize the day!
A New Dayon December 19, 2014