You see it in movies like Back to the Future, Groundhog Day or Hot Tub Time Machine (Yes, I did just reference Hot Tub Time Machine): The ability to travel through time and take away lessons from our future. What if life gave us a remote control? One that would allow us to fast forward and see if this moment in time will really matter a year from now (or next week for that matter). And then hit rewind in order to give ourselves a note from the future. On life's remote control, sometimes these two buttons can be the most useful, but are often the least used.
We live in a fast-paced world that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Maybe it's stress at work, the lack of patience in finding a new home, frustration with trying to find a work-life-balance or a lack of patience in trying to understand the meltdown of a 5 year old. This would be the perfect time to use the rewind button. Sure, it doesn't seem like such a big deal now that "...we can't go to the pool". But for that 5 year old, their world might as well have just ended. "What do you mean we can't go? You are the worst parents ever." Only a loving parent is able to go back in time, remember what it was like to be a 5 year old, validate that child's feelings and offer a loving embrace.
So the next time, you feel overwhelmed, hit pause and remember that "You've been here before" and it all worked out in the end.