Lesson #4 – Make it Better.
As he scratched my cheek one morning, Sid saw that it was red and grazed. He asked me “Daddy, have you got aowee?” I said “yes son, you scratched me, remember”.
He followed with, “daddy, shall I make it better?” And then kissed it and blew away the pain.
He does the same with his toys. If he sees a toy broken. He either tries to fix it, or he will tell me to fix it.
To him, right now, everything in this world is fixable.
Son, almost everything you see in the world appears to be disposable. Phones, dishes, cars, clothes, everything.
There was a time that people would fix, rather than buy or replace. But the world seems to have changed.
And we have applied the same rule to people that we have to things. If they’re broken, rather than try and help fix them, we replace them. If a relationship has soured, throw it away and find a new one. If friends let us down, we act out on social media to find new ones rather than understand why they let us down.
Just as you, at this really young age of 2, understand that my pain (which by the way, you caused) could be made to to go away with some effort by yourself, always remember that everything can be fixed with effort.
Make things better. Apply it to your consumables, your toys, your furniture, your microwave, your TV.
But most importantly, apply it to your relationships. If you do anything that hurts someone, or see someone in pain, try and make it better for them. Treat the symptom, but try and get to the root of the pain and help deal with it.
There is a lot to gain in this world when repairing relationships. It builds trust, communcation, love and appreciation.
Take time in these things, they will put you in good stead for life.