I have a daughter I like to call “stong-spirited.” Often times she wakes up saying
“NO!” in the middle of the night and the whole day can go like that. It can be exhausting. In my best moments, I greet the resistance with unconditional love and tolerance. I can see through to the other side of that strength and know that it is what makes a person interesting, self-directed, and often successful later in life. In my less perfect moments, I want to force my will upon her. It never turns
out well for either of us. This morning I found a wonderful passage in “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching” by William Martin. It’s a great book full of short but enlightened thoughts in the vein of the Tao.