Last night, as I gathered with my friends prior to the teleseminar conference I’m at, Lisa Nichols, star of The Secret, walked in. I had called her office earlier in the week to ask her to be on The Parenting Summit that starts in 2 weeks. She does amazing work with teens, and has her own personal success going from struggling single mom to the highly acclaimed and sought-after speaker that she is. It turns out that she is a surprise guest at our small conference, and so we’ll be seeing her all weekend.
For Valentine’s Day, I wrote a blog post about 14 gifts of love that we can give to our children. As I write this, in the lobby of the Marriott in San Francisco, overlooking the ocean, I know I am giving one of those gifts to my children. I am giving them the gift of a happy, fulfilled mom who does not need to live vicariously through her children. Instead I can applaud their successes, while experiencing my own.
The gift I’m giving my kids by doing the work I’m doing, is the gift of a happy, fulfilled mom. I don’t like leaving my family for even 4 days, but by doing so, when I return, I have that much more to offer them. To use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I am self-actualizing, and showing my kids that adulthood can be exciting and fulfilling, not just full of the mundane and the routine.
So getting back to Lisa Nichols, she said we’d talk more today about my request to have her on The Parenting Summit! I hope we can meet her requirements, and that she can find 45 minutes in her busy schedule. Success breeds success, and she is such an amazing powerhouse! All of us parents could learn from her work with over 210,000 teens, as well as with her own son.