My daughter is in her late teens. I was giving her a hug the other day and she said, “Do you know, Mum, that you still hug me like I’m ten?”
When I asked her what she meant, she said “You put your arms over my shoulders when you hug me, as though I am shorter than you. You kind of hug my head. But Mum...here’s the thing!. You are the short one now. So, technically, I should be putting my arms over your shoulders. Otherwise, I need to crouch down every time you give me a hug”.
As it turned out my daughter didn't want me to change the way that I was giving her hugs. She said she liked them just like that. However, the conversation got me thinking about how I was still doing the same behaviour, in exactly the same way, as though nothing had changed. It was completely unconscious.
I’m curious to know.
What behaviours or actions are you doing today that used to make sense in a previous environment, but no longer do so today?
Is the world in which those behaviours began still relevant?
Is now a good time to reflect, review and reconsider?