If I was a glass-half-empty kind of person, I might be concerned that my 10-year-old has two plates in her mouth to move her teeth around, eye glasses to help her see in class and a slight scoliosis in her spine keeping her awake at night.
I am such a glass-half-full person though, that I see the above situations as such:
Tiani and I get to spend a whole day out in the city once every two months when we visit her dentist.
It costs a bomb and is exhausting, but it means she doesn’t have to have her jaw broken when she is 17 and we get to shop until we drop and also eat endless sushi and frozen yoghurt.
And after any trip it always makes us appreciate life in the country even more when we get home.
Needing eye glasses means Tiani enjoys a whole new avenue of self-expression in the area of style.
And believe me, there are some very cute glasses to choose from, and gorgeous cases to carry them in.
The fact that she can actually see properly when wearing the glasses becomes almost a bonus add on to the fashion advantage of being on trend.
The scoliosis is a new thing, and with treatment, hopefully temporary.
I suspect hours of trampolining may have something to do with causing the current condition and the upsides of this one might be many and varied.
One good thing that has already come about is my renewed focus on sleep techniques.
With Tiani tossing and turning so much, I’ve consulted the stress management chapter in ‘The Essence of Health’ by Dr Craig Hassed to remind myself how to help her drop off to dreamland easily.
Actually, everything Dr Hassed says in relation to stress management is vitally important, particularly in 2017 when our mental health is at risk from the pure number of stressors in our lives.
It’s not enough that we have reality to deal with, we tend to relive bad experiences and imagine future troubles – these mind games affect our health.
Advice I have spent my life reading, but not living, is:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
I’m trying J.C.