Feeling a little underwhelmed the other day, I picked up the phone for some Mom Time. I felt like my accomplishments were small, my contribution to the world lacking, my brains and use of them unexciting, blah blah blah... and I wanted someone to slap me around and help me pick myself up and dust me off and make me get back to work, so I called my mom.
"Trish" she told me, "when you were a little girl I was having a day where I didn't seem to get much done. I hadn't done everything that I wanted to do for the day and was feeling kind of low with how I hadn't done this and that, and you looked up and me and said, 'Why don't you think about the things you have done?' I'll never forget that; you were such a little thing encouraging me to look at the positive. I think right now you need to take some advice from yourself."
Sometimes it's nice to have someone help pick you up. But we often have tools from our past that we need to make that change. Even if you have to dig back a couple decades to find them. And moms somehow seem to know where to help you look.