"Keep your eyes on the stars, and
your feet on the ground."
- Theodore Roosevelt
When we say someone is "grounded," we mean they are sensible, practical, balanced, down-to-earth, low-maintenance, realistic, without pretenses or illusions.
To feel grounded, to be grounding, to ground someone - all good things.
Even when a child acts out and a parent grounds them, it can be a good thing. A time when distractions and privileges are removed, and one is forced to stay and be "home."
Most of us are in need of more grounding.
Recently, someone I greatly respect and admire, who happens to have English as his second language, said, "Wil puts me on the ground."
And while there are moments/hours/days that he puts me in the ground, for the most part, he is my biggest grounding influence.
It's very difficult to be high-maintenance, full of pretense and illusions when you've got someone forcing you to keep it real all the time. If you think, for one minute, that it's all about you, or even a little bit about you, then you're welcome to borrow any number of special needs "children" I know, to get you over that, fast.
Have a friend who recently had abdominal surgery. From the time she was told she needed the surgery, to the time she had it, was a short period - not enough, probably, for her special-needs son to get used to the idea. Shocker: her surgery and recovery were not about her. Her son had one heck of a time with "her" recovery, the changes and disruptions to the status quo.
If you believe that you co-create your life with whatever/whomever you call your higher power, that you signed up for these exact challenges and opportunities to evolve your soul and learn whatever it was you came here to learn, then you have to accept that getting over yourself is part of it.
It's not about "you."
I believe that's because there is no "you," there is only "us," and "you" are not separate from the collective Us, You are Us.
We are one.