Grandchildren are a wonderful avenue for experiencing and applying the Concepts. Several days ago I was babysitting my four year old grandson. After I picked him up we stopped at the grocery store before heading to my house for a swim.
While at the store I treated him to his favorite candy and a small pool toy. After we completed our shopping we went to the check out and, of course, another candy display. While I was placing the groceries on the conveyor belt my grandson spotted a lollipop he wanted. I told him that he already got candy and he would have to put the lollipop back. He pretended to do so but out of the corner of my eye I saw him put the lollipop under his shirt and proceed to walk away like nothing had happened.
I had him return the lollipop and explained that he had already gotten candy and a toy. Once again he tried to sneak the lollipop out under his shirt. We continued this scenario several more times and I told him that if he took the lollipop again he would have to return his other candy or toy. This time he put the lollipop in his mouth and I told him now we have to buy it. I proceeded to return his pool toy and he became very angry as we left the store.
When we got to the car he shouted at me, “Grammy you ruined my day!” I replied, “No, you ruined your day by not listening.” I wasn’t sure where that came from but it dawned on me at that moment my grandson was such a mirror for me and I flashed back to the countless times I blamed others for “ruining my day” when in actuality I was the one who set it up. It was my behavior that caused the problem. Thanks to the little mirror in my life I was reminded how important it is to “Own my behaviors.”
~ by Gail Kershner
Excerpt from “Living the 55 Concepts” by Michael Cavallaro and Friends.
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