“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
In many ways, it feels like we are much more go-with-the-flow as a society, as parents than our ancestors were.
We’re much more likely to take a day off work, to laze around at the park, to go on a day trip for no reason.
But at the same time many of us also feel a need to control more than ever our surroundings, our children, our desires because the world is a MUCH busier place than it used to be.
In any given moment we are inundated with information, news, new and better things to do and prettier and shinier things to buy.
And the world FEELS scarier at times, too, because of all the coming-at-you images we see online when big news breaks.
It’s natural to want to control all of this — to keep it at bay.
I, too, want to cover my eyes, my ears and do the same for my daughters.
In this latest mini-episode of Amplify Your Life, I talk about one of my favorite topics – being bendy as parents and how it’s often the best thing we can do for ourselves, and our children.
As I mention in the show, I learned the word BENDY from another writer, but in the years since I have changed the definition to be more of a mindset that takes the controlling aspect of our lives away and allows us to embrace change and disappointment and unmet expectations with a more relaxed mentality.
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Inside this Episode
Patti Digh’s Website (her definition of bendy is about being fit whereas I use it as being flexible in our minds.)
Photo Credit: Bär Baer (pier photo)
Photo Credit:Minoru Nitta