Be a Lighthouse

The scars you share become lighthouses for other people who are headed to the same rocks you hit. Unknown

Over fifty women have come forward to tell me their mother loss stories. Their scars will become lighthouses for others. They shared tragic stories through their brave tears and, in doing so, powered up their light to reach further “out to sea.” Their light empowered me as well. I will be forever grateful for their willingness to give of themselves.

We are frequently tempted to show up without scars, always saying, “just fine” when we are sad or hurting emotionally or physically. When we share our true selves we become a lighthouse to others. 

Affirmation: I am a lighthouse.

Coaching question: How can your  light keep  others from the rocks?

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Be Like Aladdin

Jasmine, I do love you, but I gotta stop pretending to be something I’m not. Aladdin

My grandchildren, Tuscany, 13, and Agostino, 10, were characters in the Aladdin musical this week. To me, the main point of the story is when Aladdin, who goes from poor, hungry, street rat to a prince, thanks to the Genie, realizes that being your true self is more important than riches and fame.

An important reminder for us all but especially poignant to all the teens in the cast wondering if “just being me” is really enough. Thanks, Aladdin!

Affirmation: I am who I am and that’s just fine.

Coaching questions: In what ways are you true to who you are? Think of an example. How does it feel when you are less than authentic?

IMG_0564.jpgMy grandson, Auggie, portraying the Artist Prince who was vying for Jasmine’s hand.