I had a thought today:
You know how parents can love their children unconditionally? What if we use that model and love one another unconditionally?
I am going to try to remember that this week. I want to take others for who they are. I do not want to point out their faults or complain when they are not the person I want them to be. I am going to simply love them for who they are and what they are trying to do. I will see the good in them and the simplicity of their intentions. This is what I hope others will do for me. Too often I think we personalize others’ actions when really, it’s not about us at all. This week I will try to be less self-centered and realize, it might not be about me.
I do not want to interrupt anyone, make snap judgments about anyone, or try to manipulate others’ actions. Live and let live. See the good.
Don’t you think this will bring peace and harmony to us all? Especially with the little annoyances we let ourselves get so wrapped up in each day. Let those annoyances go. See the positive. Change your point of view in different situations.
I am going to challenge myself this week to change my outlook. Will you do the same?
Check out this article from a German magazine. I can only wish this type of acceptance and tolerance and love upon all children and families. Thank you Pickert family.
Father of the Year Helps Dress-Wearing Son Feel Comfortable By Putting on a Skirt Himself
“My five year old son likes to wear dresses,”says German dad Nils Pickert.
Back when he lived in West Berlin, it was certainly a conversation-starter, but not much more than that. Now, however, Pickert and his son live in a “very traditional” South German village where his son’s predilection for dresses is the talk of the town.
“I didn’t want to talk my son into not wearing dresses and skirts,” Pickert tells the German feminist magazine EMMA. “He didn’t make friends in doing that in Berlin already and after a lot of contemplation I had only one option left: To broaden my shoulders for my little buddy and dress in a skirt myself.”
At first, Pickert’s son was reluctant to wear a dress in public, fearing he would be laughed at, particularly by other kids at his preschool. But that all changed one “skirt and dress day” when he and his dad made a resident of the town stare so hard she slammed into street light face first.
“My son was roaring with laughter,” says Pickert. “And the next day he fished out a dress from the depth of his wardrobe. At first only for the weekend. Later also for nursery-school.”
As you might imagine, this story has a happy ending:
And what’s the little guy doing by now? He’s painting his fingernails. He thinks it looks pretty on my nails, too. He’s simply smiling, when other boys ( and it’s nearly always boys) want to make fun of him and says: “You only don’t dare to wear skirts and dresses because your dads don’t dare to either.” That’s how broad his own shoulders have become by now. And all thanks to daddy in a skirt.