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How To Forgive Past Mistakes And Challenges

I call my now-8-year-old son Ari many things.

  • Magical hug-giver
  • The funniest boy in the world
  • Kindness rockstar
  • My Reset Button

As far as “Reset Button” – I don’t call him this out loud to his face.

I don’t even think I’ve said this expression out loud to anybody – ever.

In fact this is the first time I’ve ever expressed this “Reset Button” concept anywhere.

But I’ve felt the feeling of my son as my “Reset Button” for many years now.

What the heck do I mean by a “Reset Button”?

It means I can forgive any of my past forehead-slapping blunders and crappy challenges which occurred before my son was born.

After all, everything had to happen when and how it happened for my son to be born.

If I didn’t do (or not do) whatever transpired before I gave birth to my son, well, then I’d never give birth to my son. 

I absolutely feel a palooza of gratitude for giving birth to my son.

And so I think of my son as my “Reset Button.” 

His birth erases all regret about blunders and challenges from before August 2010 (when he arrived into this world).

I had to stumble, have my heart broken, do dumb-ass business mistakes, make idiotic real estate moves.

All of these messy events were necessary in order  to create a shambly glass-shattered path which led me to my Magical hug-giver, funniest boy in the world, kindness rockstar, miracle child.

My questions to YOU:

What are your “Reset Buttons”? 

Do you acknowledge your “Reset Buttons” with the appropriate gratitude and revelry? 

Have you properly used your “Reset Buttons” to erase any nagging doubts about why things had to happen as they did?


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Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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