These days, I worry about my children learning bad habits at school or elsewhere. I’m afraid that they will be hurt in some way, either physically or emotionally. I fear for the uncertainty that the world brings: the quality of air, water, food, education, the environment, the future economy, nuclear weapons—the list is virtually endless. And these feelings seem to always be with me.
What is this newfound propensity for fear? Am I really fulfilling my quota? When I first started to be consumed by these feelings, I spent a lot of time analyzing them and their purpose. I think at its core, these new fears stem from a deep desire to provide a better life for my children than I had—a trait that most parents possess.
After much reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion that there will always be a number of unknown factors in life and we have no control over them. Fear is simply part of life’s journey. What we can control is how we handle these feelings. We’re all meant to release fear in our lives, and when we do, our lives change for the better—often significantly.
I’ve been working on letting go of my fears. I’m letting my children learn lessons on their own and make some mistakes. My wife and I are getting progressively more comfortable with both our children staying at school for after-school activities. We’re starting to warm up to the idea of off-site school excursions and potentially going on overnight stays without one of us there (although, we’re still not there yet on this one). I’ve found the process to be freeing and life-changing, but I realize I still have a ways to go. Like anything else in life, it all starts with small steps—I find it ironic that I’m putting to use in my own life the lesson I’ve been teaching clients for years.
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