This week, as we continue to celebrate Martinmas, let us show the light of Martinmas as compassion that begins in our own families. This beautiful light that begins here can then radiate out into the world.
Compassion begins first and foremost with ourselves. I speak with mothers every day who are so hard on themselves. They are constantly thinking, “Am I doing enough for the children? Too much? Do I have enough boundaries or am I spoiling them? Am I modeling a million things correctly for them so they will grow up to be good people?” So many things to consider, and sometimes we lose the compassion for ourselves in the process. How can we authentically model this for our children when we cannot shower ourselves in compassion?
Compassion requires listening. It requires being open enough to really hear not only the words, but the subtext beneath the words. Modeling this is how small children learn. Actions are the shining path of compassion. We work on our mistakes with restitution. We show our forgiveness and we admit our mistakes .
Kindness in the family is the first line of compassion in our entire society. Some further ideas include this posts that I liked about the Family Kindness Project over at My Little Poppies. I have written about kindness in parenting as a journey back in 2009. All it takes is a few first steps to start, to get back on track, or to consider kindness and compassion as a top priority in your home.
Let’s all use this week in celebrating Martinmas as a way to shine our light in our families.
Many blessings to you all,