As we highlight and celebrate remarkable leadership in our upcoming posts, I would like to share with you a little lesson I learned today about mommy leadership at home, and letting go and “letting up” concerns even for just three hours.
We’ve had a couple of medical concerns the past week at home, and today, I was waiting for an important phone call from my son’s pediatrician. He wasn’t going to be able to call me until after three o’clock, but since I got up this morning, my conversation with him was all I could think of.
Despite the anxiety I felt, I went on my morning as usual, after reminding myself that unhappy mommies make for unhappy kids (and of course vice versa!). Eleven o’clock rolled around, and I knew I had to entertain the kids and myself. So, out on the deck we went, and did some artwork, danced, ate lunch al fresco, laughed, and did a science experiment. Then we danced some cha-cha, this time, as choreographed by Grandma and my daughter. We made memories. I looked at the clock and it was 2:18 p.m. Nap time in fifteen minutes! In we went, had baths, read a book, and the house was quiet at 2:35.
Our pediatrician called at 3:41, and I was OK with it. I didn’t waste most of my day being “Mrs-Worst-Case-Scenario,” and chose to let go and let it all UP – up to the more knowing and the more powerful. I didn’t hear the worst-case scenario, and couldn’t be more grateful.
For about three hours, three minutes, or three seconds, anyone could choose to either be led or lead instead. For any amount of time, anybody could allow an unpleasant circumstance lead their emotions, or vice versa. I am grateful for days like today that everyone and everything (even the weather!) around me allowed me to choose to lead and practice remarkable mom-ership. Some days, it is easier to do, some days, simply impossible. And some days, like today, even the ordinary is remarkable.
What’s your remarkable ordinary? How do you practice remarkable mom-ership? Dad-ership? What does remarkable leadership look like in your home?