As a Mom, I wish to shield my children from the negativity of this world. However, I know that this is not possible!
So I change my strategy. As I guide them, I would talk to them about some bitter realities of life. Of course, I try to soften it. I want them to be prepared. To be ready. I wish to equip them with skills that will help them survive, succeed, and live a happy life.
Relationships enormously affect us. I tell my kids, when people are born, they are nice. We are all like angels. But as we all go through our lives, a lot of factors come in (environment, family, health etc.) and they affect/shape the person. As I explain this to my 8-year-old, he quickly said, “Yes Mommy but each person can choose if they want to be good or bad.”
The fact is NOT ALL PEOPLE ARE NICE. That is another sad reality of life.
Some people may not be nice to your face at all, and some people can even stab you at the back.
I tell my kids, DO NOT LET OTHERS’ COMMENTS DEFINE OR AFFECT YOU.
Only focus on the people and things that will make you better and happy. Stay away from the negative people/things that pull you down. THERE IS NO PLEASING EVERYBODY. At times you are already doing everything that you can with all good intentions. And people can still say hurtful things about you (at your face or on your back).
As long as you know that YOU ARE DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN AT THE MOMENT and YOU THINK A MILLION TIMES ABOUT YOUR DECISION OR CHOICE before you act on it, then YOU SHOULD HAVE NO REGRETS and HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF. ALL THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON. You’ll see.
PRAY A LOT too and always ASK FOR WISDOM AND STRENGTH. There is definitely a God who sees through our hearts.
It can be a cruel world, full of struggles and challenges as it is also filled with so many beautiful things.
It is a blessing to live, and we must have the right perspective in order to enjoy this gift!