The other day I was driving my daughter to a birthday party at a local skating rink. She was excited, this was the first party (of many I'm sure) of the new school year. My daughter is 9 years old and has never roller skated before. She's a very good roller blader...but has never done the 4 wheel skates before and she was a little nervous.
I told her that she would be fine and catch on quick. She looked at me so seriously and said....
Mom, what if I fall in front of everyone in my class? I'd be so embarrassed, what do I do?
I looked at her and told her............LAUGH!! If you are laughing, then what does it matter if they laugh also? She thought about this and seemed okay with it.
When I picked her up 2 hours later I asked her how she did. She said she only fell once and laughed it off and no one said anything more about it. She seemed happy with the outcome.
I'm happy for her, she learned a small life lesson that day...
1. If you don't make a big deal out of it, chances are...others will not either.
2. It's okay to try something new.
3. Don't take yourself so seriously.
4. Every now and then, mom does know what she is talking about!
So, now I ask ...can you laugh at yourself??