Inspired By Your Strength

Humour helps me maintain a positive attitude. Though there are some days when I’m an anxious stressball wrapped in worry, drizzled with a pessimistic glaze. But finding the funny always seems to bring me back. Some people look at me sideways when I make jokes about my child’s leg braces or other things (which I won’t name for fear that you think less of me). They feel it’s in poor taste perhaps. To that I say, “Deal with it. This is how I cope.”

Another way I avoid crossing over to the dark depressing side is by drawing strength and inspiration from those close to me—the loving, thoughtful, brave people I am blessed to know.

Tiff is my best friend since the third grade. We have grown from children to women together and she knows the true me, and accepts me warts and all (*For the record, I don’t actually have warts, though I am sporting a large pimple on my chin which my daughter keeps referring to as “Mummy’s boo-boo”). Tiff fought cancer and kicked its ass and she’s experienced significant loss, more than once. Despite it all, she remains the most playful person I know. Her zest for life inspires me.

Trish should be renamed, “Even Steven”. This amazing mother of twins never lets anything get the best of her. She is everything to everyone who needs her. He perseverance inspires me.

Sarah never worries. EVER. She throws her head back (literally) when she laughs and you can’t help but laugh along with her. It’s contagious. Her carefree nature inspires me.

Sharon is a writer, an incredible one. Her philosophy is to live a “fearless life.” I strive to be more like her. Her willingness to put herself out there inspires me.

Maeve is one of the most thoughtful women I’ve know. After a stint in hospital with Avery, she arrived at my door to collect my son for a playdate, presented me with a Starbucks’ latte, a gift for Avery and a grocery bag full of tasty food (plus a bottle of Shiraz!). I was touched that this busy mother of three took the time to do this for us. Her thoughtfulness inspires me.

Smitty’s daughter became ill with Leukemia, thus transforming this hysterically funny lady into an incredibly dedicated and brave mother. Shelley and her courageous daughter Sam continue to inspire me.

My mother-in-law is a strong Irish woman who has experienced more pain and loss in her lifetime than I could ever imagine. She lives by the motto, “Don’t worry worry, until worry worries you.” Her attitude inspires me. 

My mum is a witty punster. I am blessed to have such a funny lady for a mother. She can always find the humour in any situation. This ability comes in handy when the going gets tough. Her humour inspires me. 

Heather lost a child. I can’t begin to imagine the pain of such a loss. Her courage and strength not only inspire me, but everyone else she touches as well.

And finally, this — for me it defines inspiration and is a reminder of what an extraordinarily positive attitude genuinely looks like. These parents are truly inspiring in every way.

If you have six minutes to spare, this clip is so worth watching. It’s very emotional, but it may change you. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me. (Have a Kleenex on hand. For real.)


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  • Lovely and beautifully written, post. Very touching. You're a great mother and you should deal with your worries and fear any way you can – nothing better than humour! Laughter is the best medicine.
    I am crying at work now after having watched that 99 Balloons video. I can't deal with the sadness. I just can't hear stories like this anymore, it breaks my heart in a million pieces.

  • Girlfriends really are the best! They make everything seem better when things are bad. Sounds like you have a great group of women around you. And it's so nice to actually take the time to tell them.

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