As cliche as it sounds, I am constantly amazed by how much I learn from Baylor and Nola every single day. I am positive in their short 14 months with us, they have taught us much more than we have taught them!
They teach intangibles such as: a deeper sense of love, selflessness, unending worry, and how to let go of control. I’ve learned to let life happen and that control is simply not possible at all times, nor is it any fun! They’ve taught me to live in the moment and laugh at myself and at stress.
The most striking lesson they continue to teach me everyday is that we all are born with TRUE strength within us. It’s found deep down and true inside of us all. Their drive to discover, explore, try, fall, get back up and laugh is unending.
TRUE strength encapsulates adventure, love, life, tears, fears, and physical, emotional, and mental balance. It’s taken me 31 years to truly understand this… and I’m still working on putting this into practice.
It is breathtaking that children are born with TRUE strength. It’s after years of socialization, sheltering, and limiting creativity and possibility that people are in danger of losing their ability to pull on their TRUE strength.
I think about how my girls don’t know any limits on what they can accomplish. They try and explore and learn and fall down and try again. They are exercising their TRUE Strength. My goal is to foster this inner strength within them and within myself so that I can continue to help them grow and to personally be a better, stronger and healthier mother and role model for them every day.
This picture is my definition of how we all are born with TRUE strength… right now we may see a slide… the girls see an adventure… one to climb up, slip down, laugh at, bump into each other and attempt over and over again.
My wish for you all is to reach inside – grab a hold of your TRUE strength – help others find theirs and embrace it!