Mindful Doodles #132:
I was in the library when I overheard an altercation. A mother slapped her young son, who appeared to be of elementary school age. The mother said she had assumed he would be standing behind her. She panicked when he disappeared from her view. She slapped him for this episode. The boy reacted as though he had experienced slaps before. He did not cry, but took it in silently. He did not explain where he went during the time he wandered away. The drama ended when her son apologized for being selfish and inconsiderate by wandering away.
Every child, or almost everyone, would have at least one memory of a childhood slap episode.
Mindful Doodles is a series of comic/ cartoon drawn on assimilating stimuli that comes into my mind. My surrounding and environment are dynamic. As events happen, the stimuli enters my brain and I pay attention to them. I am not mentally disturbed as I pay due respect to each stimulus. I ponder upon how I would deal with the stimulus, to manage the situation. I try to discover what lesson the Universe bestows on me in this encounter. I write my discovery as my Mindful Thought of the Day.
Why be mindful? By paying time and attention to a disturbing stimulus, you deal with it. It ceases to be new and disruptive to you. You have released anxiety. You have greatly reduced your mental stress.
Mindful Thought of the Day:
The modern day proverb says, “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. Do you agree?
Do you have at least one memory of a childhood slap?
I have more than one memory. I was a shy child and silence was mis-interpreted as defiance. Thumbs down for slaps as a measure of discipline.