When I first became a mother I had so many ideas on how it would go. We all do, I think. Then , life happens, as any seasoned mother can tell you. Those dreams soon go out the window. They had to, as I got to know each of my unique and precious daughters reality set in. Over the years I have learned so much from them, and been humbled in the process. The enormity of being the right mother for each of them with all of their unique needs was not lost on me.
The Little PInk Elephant
I learned many lessons over the years. The biggest lesson was that each of my girls is very unique, yet, they did have some things in common. For some reason they got the idea in their heads that the world was a musical and would burst into song and dance at every opportunity. This proved challenging as I’m sure you can image.
I’m sure you have seen scenes like this acted out in the grocery store, or some other public place. The first few times it happened to me, I was a little embarrassed. Then, something wonderful happened to my perspective. I challenge you to change your perspective as well. See things from the child’s point of view.
That is what I did. What I saw was my child embracing life, so I embraced it, too. Or, I tried too. It didn’t happen all at once. Oh, how I wish it had.
My daughter was so secure and confident, it was a beautiful thing. I didn’t want to steal that joy, so I made the decision not too. As they each grew out of this phase, I found myself missing it.
That experience, combined with an recent art project with my youngest daughter, was the inspiration for my newest book, “The Little Pink Elephant”.
How are you shining? I’ve written before about choosing to live without fear (you can read more about that here), but have you taken that thought further? Part of choosing to live without fear, means shining my brightest. To be the best mother, wife, artist, author, person, that I can be. It’s what we all want for our kids, right? The only way for that to happen is to model it. Let your joy shine, if you’ve lost it, don’t worry, you can find it again. Start by remembering your dreams, and take steps to follow them, no matter how scary the idea.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
—2 Timothy 1:7
Support One Another
We teach this concept at a young age, intentional or not. Its not about building up our children’s self esteem, its about building up our friends and family. Lets start doing this with intention! Do your kids see you building up those around you? How about yourself? Its important to remember that our kids learn more by what they see us doing than what we tell them to do. With that in mind, try to sing along with them, encourage your friends, and speak positive things. You won’t believe what a difference it will make a difference in their lives as well as yours!
Other Elephant Posts
Other Books by Shannon L. Mokry
- The Bubbles the Dragon Collection:
- Gemstone Dragons Series:
- My colorful little animals series:
- The Little Yellow Llama – November 2019
- The Little Green Fox – February 2020
- Restoring Gardenia – Fall 2020