Yesterday, after a long day at work, as I was playing with my kids at the park, this quotation that I found a few months ago came to mind. I found it on a particularly rough day….one where I had been dealing with crazy political issues at work which caused me to stay late and miss most of the evening with my kids. It seemed like I was realizing in real-time that I just couldn’t do it all. That night, I felt ready to fold, ready to give in. I got them to bed and spent a bit of time reading and trying to get my head around what to do next to stop feeling this way. And, I happened upon this quote. One of my personal principles had always been to “reach for the stars”. I have always believed that in doing so, I stretch myself to make the best things happen no matter what hand of cards I have been dealt.
Reading this quote, this was the first time that I had thought about the impact my “reach for the stars” philosophy had on my kids. It helped me to realize that the act of me stretching myself was helping them learn that they could too. Often with our kids Jon and I use the saying “never give up, never give up” to cheer them on when they think that they can’t accomplish something. It is a line straight from “Dora the Explorer”, the most quality television programming we seem to watch these days. Ironic that we say this to our kids, but sometimes feel like we can’t live it ourselves.
This quotation was helpful to remind me during the dark night that I found it, and again yesterday, to keep trying, to keep reaching – to prove to myself and my kids that it is possible to be a good mom, a good leader, a good marketer and a good wife. It doesn’t mean that I am always perfect at any of them, but I promise to always keep “reaching.”