Late Night Chat With My Mom
My mom is A-MAZ-ING! I was just reminded of the extent to which on a quick trip I made back home over this past weekend.
When I say “quick” trip…I mean quick. I worked till 3:30 p.m. Friday at the seasonal gig then jumped in the car and drove across Iowa, arriving at about 10 p.m. at my parents’ house. (Love you, Iowans, but I-80 seems to stretch FOREVER when driving across your state!)
Dad was already sleeping and mom and I started catching up. Next thing I realized, it was 2:30 a.m!
The reason my mom is even more amazing to me as an adult than she was when I was a child is because she’s real. She’s always been one of those people with pretty killer common sense and a wicked sharp memory.
When I was small, I thought my mom knew just about everything. (She pretty much still does) As an adult, however, she has showed me a chink or two in the armor; and I love her even more for it.
I struggle with insecurity about my abilities sometimes. I sometimes feel like I can’t focus well enough; and even though I’ve done a lot of things, I feel like I’ve failed to accomplish anything really significant. Maybe all of us feel this way at some point.
On Friday night/Saturday morning, mom and I chatted about a mutual insecurity. The startling thing to me was the way in which we each viewed each other.
I see mom as competent and in-control. She sees me as someone who’s always got a dozen plates in the air and is able to keep them all spinning.
The greatest lesson I learned this weekend is that neither is true.
Moral of the Story?
Be cautious of the way you view yourself, good or bad, it’s probably not true. Go out of your way to find out how others view you. If they have a higher estimation of you, your skills or your character, then adopt their beliefs until you have risen to accept their beliefs as your own.
Don’t be the you that you think yourself to be. Become the you which you truly are already and recognize how much confidence and power that gives you as you move forward!
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