You can count on one thing with me for certain and that is the integrity of my heart, because it belongs to God and is constantly being shaped by His love, mercy and grace.
This integrity of heart is what has kept me focused on the mission of My Advocate Center even through the trauma of having my own children wrongfully removed, as I was under attack and unable to see what was being done to me, by whom and how it was being covered up so I could not defend. As painful as that was and as worried about my children as I have been, I’ve known that there was a purpose in this and that I needed to remain faithful and to wait on God to guide me. Not easy for a type-A entrepreneur and advocate-turned-reporter (or reporter-turned-advocate, take your pick) to wait and see.
You can count on a second thing and that is I will always come back to this core focus, the needs of children. Sure, I might feel a competitive streak, a flash of anger or a moment of despair over experiencing what it is like to be oppressed and humiliated, but that’s being human. What makes us leaders – and good parents and advocates for others – is how we respond and then what we do with that.
And, as I’ve been told, good leaders help others learn to be good leaders; they give others that chance, and step out of the spotlight themselves. So I’m creating opportunities for professionals, parents, grandparents, teachers and others to show they can lead, be great examples, to make a difference with the mix they have in their bowls.
Watching what they do now with their own inspiration mixed with challenges (opportunities)…not looking for perfection, but for effort, inspiration, courage and for integrity.
Proverbs 11:3 and 1 Peter 2:13-17
A reminder to self…to keep it simple.
When you know your own mind, no one else can make it up for you or force you off course for lack of resolve or clarity.
We often look for someone or something to be “perfect” before we focus on seeing inspiration or to follow someone’s lead.
This Dolphin Tale movie is one I’ve held dear since first seeing it, and the sequel was even better than the original movie. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
First, get to know the true story…
In my world I see many people being held back by something physical or emotional, and learned that it helps me do better for myself as I take the time to figure out what children need, or what their parents need…and it always comes back ten-fold.
So this film validates how I feel, and that is that it is worth investing in others, and helping more people get the message. You won’t know the difference you can make for others, and for yourself, until you really let go, and DIVE in!
See what is possible, and go for it!
While you’re at it, follow and share the inspiration found here: @CMAHope @WinterDolphin @dolphintale @ CMAquarium
Someone came up to me recently and boldly said, “Who are you and where did you come from?”
I took it as a compliment and replied, “I’m an advocate working on improving community, health and performance.” Where I came from: Literally, Miami. Figuratively, from a place where many don’t want to visit.
What you are seeing evolve online is the result of challenging myself to do more with what I have.
This began by watching young children in hospitals dealing with medical challenges – starting when I volunteered in high school and then through college, and as a parent of a Failure-to-Thrive child.
Then, as I watched disabled and in-pain wheelchair athletes compete and inspire a crowd, it dawned on me that I should be doing more with what I have. So there you have it.
What are you doing to break through the Glass Ceiling that we place over and around ourselves?