I believe the words we use can be an invitation to our future. In other words, how we speak has the ability to influence the direction of our life.
For example, a couple of years ago my husband and I were taking an evening walk with our dogs when we became embroiled in a heated conversation about finances (as so often happens with couples who share the same roof for decades). Anyway, one of the statements I made to my husband that night was, “I am going to do this with or without your support.” I remember this statement clearly, because I truly meant it.
What was I going to do?
I told Tom, my wonderful husband, that whether he supported my writing endeavors or not, I was going to continue to use my passion to connect with others to create a career I loved, which would allow me to continue to be home with our kids. Because doing so was, and is, my mission in life.
My passion for connecting with people through writing has taken a particular pattern over the past few years, namely a developing desire to connect with, support, and encourage other parents. Reading dozens of parenting books, researching parenting sites on the Internet, and during countless conversations with family, friends, even strangers, it has become abundantly clear to me moms and dads, be their kids 2 or 12 or 22, need a lot more empathy, compassion, and encouragement which they aren’t getting from our culture today.
Raising human beings has always been a challenge, but with time constraints, financial burdens, and the age of electronics squarely upon us, parents today have (in my opinion) a tougher job than ever!
Since the time of my “discussion” with Tom, I have worked at getting my writing published on numerous parenting websites, I have taken several online parenting courses, I have met, worked with, and am now bringing my FAVORITE parenting author (Dr. Shefali Tsabary) to Dallas to speak to parents and professionals about conscious parenting. I am now in the process of becoming a certified parenting coach!
The combination of these endeavors will allow me to wrap what I LOVE…connecting with people, supporting parents, and staying home and available to my kids when they need me, with an ability to help my husband financially provide for our family.
Our words have power, be they negative or positive, but it’s only when we put action behind them can we create the kind of life we desire.
So tell me, what are your words saying about your future?
Dr. Shefali Tsabary will be speaking on Thursday, May 5, from 7-9 p.m. at the Omni Hotel at Park West (635 & Luna). If you would like to learn more about Dr. Shefali and her parenting work, please visit www.drshefali.com. Tickets can be ordered through Eventbrite by searching “Dr. Shefali” and “Dallas, TX.” Prices are $36 and $49 dollars.