Have you ever been disappointed, made excuses, used your handicap, blamed others, or found fault with what others did? Of course, it’s part of being human. But when we allow ourselves to park in these spaces, we create real problems for ourselves!
All cities and towns have “no parking allowed” areas. Generally, parking is prohibited in these areas for good reasons. For example, we can’t park near a fire hydrant because the firemen may need to get to it to extinguish a fire. We can’t park too close to a street corner because others need room to turn. In life, we need no parking allowed” signs too. Let me talk about three places where parking should be prohibited
1)near a disappointment. As early as possible, children should understand that disappointment comes to everyone. So, rather than allowing them to muddle in their distress, we must use it as an opportunity to teach them the law of the trampoline the harder you fall, the higher you will bounce. Use it to your advantage.2)by some handicap. Most of us are handicapped in some manner, some way—creatively, intellectually, economically, physically. But wouldn’t the world be a poor place indeed if each of us parked by our handicap and said, “Life, pass me by.” In the future, when your children begin to use some disadvantage they may have as a way out, remind them of the countless contributions Helen Keller made to her generation, despite the numerous handicaps she had.
3) by blaming others. Our children need to learn, as early as possible, that blaming others will get them nowhere. If they want something in life, they must work for it. No one owes them anything. Sometimes, it is very tempting to take the easy way out and just park by the road of life and brood. But no one has ever parked by troubles, disappointments, handicaps, blame, fault finding, or excuses without paying a price. Because we understand the negative impact these forbidden PARKING AREAS will have on our children, we must never allow them to wallow there!