We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
Self-regulation is about the ability to act in your own long-term best interest, consistent with your ethics, beliefs, and values… and aligned with that of your community and the world. In a holistic, balanced context these values align and enrich the long-term interests of community (and community is not just made up of people). It is about knowing yourself today, who you want to become, where there is overlap, and working on the areas that do not. However, to apply self-regulation and accept feedback, you need to become mindful and aware of yourself, others, and the world.
Self-regulation is important for physical, mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual growth and understanding. For example, emotional self-regulation includes the ability to calm yourself down when you are angry or fearful or to cheer yourself up when you are feeling sad. For children the ability to self-regulate also refers to knowing themselves as learners – what are they passionate about, how do they like to learn, what do they know, what do they not know, and how to use this knowledge in their pursuit as a lifelong learner. Knowing how to respectfully and honorably receive and take action on feedback, and to face of both challenges and accept rewards in intrinsically positive ways, is essential to personal growth and developing a strong sense of self-worth. It is only when we become self-realized that we have the means to care for ourselves, others, and the earth.
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