Lion’s Whiskers offers this courage challenge: As an opportunity to put your moral courage muscles to work, take a pet peeve and trace its origins. If you find yourself complaining about hiked gas prices, consider the choices in your life that have made you dependent on your automobile. When you are annoyed by another’s behavior, consider how that behavior may mirror something that you deny, don’t accept, or don’t like in yourself. For example, if you find yourself complaining about how long your child takes to get ready in the morning, is it possible that you, too, are not a morning person? Is it possible that you might need to wake up a little earlier and/or help your child the night before to ease the morning routine? Perhaps you find yourself complaining about people who ignore local bylaws and don’t pick up their dogs’ poop, forgetting the times you, too, were caught without a poop bag?
Tracing your own responsibility for what goes on in the world will help you teach your child to do the same. None of us lives in a bubble – our lives are connected in an intricate web of decisions and choices. For a humbling example of how our kids offer us daily opportunities to put this moral courage challenge into practice, read Lisa’s post What Goes Around, Comes Around!
Care to share one of your pet peeves and what its origins might have to do with you?