Is this real? Yes and no. I use the technique when I am getting frustrated with my preschooler and needing to tell her something for the hundredth time in ten minutes. Zapatos, por favor. (Shoes, please.) Sietete. (Sit down.) It just kind of mixes it up for both of us rather than hear me say it in english once again. And there is something truly helpful about triggering this other portion of my brain.
It has even encouraged me to seek out how to say common words and phrases in more languages so I can continue to trigger my higher brain rather than give in to negative energy. So perhaps this same tactic can be used when I am feeling overwhelmed and needing help. Perhaps I can erase the word I struggle with and reconnect to my higher brain function to find another way to ask. Ayudame, por favor.
I'm grateful for random ideas. I'm grateful when they work. I'm grateful to "use my words" as I try to teach my daughter. I'm grateful to ask for help in english tonight and then sit in the tangled process trying to sort its roots. I'm grateful to give myself another option for the days that may be too much to ask myself. I'm grateful for my daughter who helps me grow both in her playful moments and the challenging ones. I'm grateful for basic knowledge of spanish and to be learning some other language phrases too. I'm grateful my child does not know other languages well enough yet to correct my pronunciation. I'm grateful for a supportive, ready to help husband.
How do you give yourself permission to do something that may be a struggle? Do you ever use other tactics to get around the challenge in the moment?
May today give us grace in navigating hurdles. May we find ways to grow even during challenges. Have a beautiful day!