When I operate in the spirit of fear, I’m not functioning in power, love and self-control. As a mom I displayed fear which is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
It was difficult for me to deal with other people’s emotions because I didn’t know how to deal with my own in a healthy way. I think it bothered me when my children cried when they were sad, hurt, or afraid because it felt like I was like looking into a mirror and seeing something I wasn’t willing to do myself.
Recently I heard a beautiful song about being kind to yourself. We give away what we have to give. If we have love for ourselves, we have love to give away. If we are kind to ourselves, we have kindness to give away.
My Mom gifted me with a little snowman angel of hope when I was going through my divorce. At the time I didn’t feel I had very much hope but my Mom knew there would be hope in my future relationships so I leaned on her hope.