Thursday, May 5, 2011

Probably Not what Newton was Talking About

Newtons Law of Motion: 
First law: Every body remains in a state of constant velocity unless acted upon by an external unbalanced force. This means that in the absence of a non-zero net force, the center of mass of a body either remains at rest, or moves at a constant velocity.
Second law: A body of mass (m) subject to a net force (F) undergoes an acceleration a that has the same direction as the force and a magnitude that is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to the mass, i.e., F = ma. Alternatively, the total force applied on a body is equal to the time derivative of linear momentum of the body.
Third law: The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. This means that whenever a first body exerts a force F on a second body, the second body exerts a force −F on the first body. Fand −F are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This law is sometimes referred to as the action-reaction law, with F called the "action" and −F the "reaction". The action and the reaction are simultaneous.
Cradle - Still

In simple terms: 1) a body in motion remains in motion 3) every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Now that you have had your science lesson for the day how is this a {not so}simple moment?

May is busy for us, I mean really busy for us. This year, with Easter being so late it’s been even busier we have had:
- Good Friday
- 4yo Birthday Party
- Easter
- Family Wedding (6yo was the ring-barer- this was a 3 day event)
- 6 yo Birthday Party
- Block Party
- Baptism & Party
- 4 doctors appointments
- teacher appreciation week (2 schools)
- New roof being installed
Oh and we’re counting down the last 20 days of school and trying to finish our service hours, and.....

Yeah we feel very much like a ball in motion or a hamster in a wheel running, running, running....

Normally this would be causing a lot of stress, head banging, yelling, sighing, crying...but there hasn’t been.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

I keep repeating that to myself.

I can’t change how busy we are*, how stressed my husband is, how overtired and cranky the kids are.

I can change my reaction.

Because if I change MY reaction, it will change their reaction.If I respond to their frustration and tears with hugs and calmness, they will relax.

Like the balls in Newton’s cradle if I hit them with calm and kindness, calm and kindness will come back.

So I’m taking a lot of deep breaths.

Giving out a lot of hugs.

And counting down the days until May 27 when everything is done with and I can relax.

Simple BPM

Simply changing the reaction is my Simple Moment this week, what’s yours? Link up your thoughts, photos, or verse at This Heavenly Life.


Robin said...

you almost lost me during the science part, as I do NOT have a science brain...but it all came together with "learning to change your reaction." So simple and yet so life changing. Perfect for this link up! :)

Lenae said...

This is great, Melissa! Love the reminder that we as parents can set (or change) the whole tone of events.

Hyacynth said...

Moomser said...

Great reminder of how to prevent constant meltdowns, thanks. Though gotta admit I totally skipped the initial three points, too much for my under-caffeinated brain.

Erin said...

This is great! I am often trying to remind myself to soften my reactions to those tough situations. It's so tremendously difficult! But I will keep on trying. :) Thank for this-love it!