Yesterday was Mother’s Day here in the US. Happy Mothers Day to those of you with kids (actual or fur. Or both. No judgement here)
I had planned to spend the day being pampered and eating my favorite snacks and riding all the roller coasters I could without puking.
Big plans, I know.
None of that happened. I woke up in the morning and had to make my own coffee. My darling husband wished me a happy mother’s day. Then I made my own breakfast–no one was even awake at it was 10am!
My clients started wishing me a happy mothers day. My sisters. My support team. I started to see that maybe life wasn’t so bad. Plus, I have the best clients on the planet, #ofcourse they show up to support me!
For those of you who hear/saw, my daughter’s academic competition team built a robot and apparently I’m not the only one who was impressed because they’re on their way to the World Finals in 2 weeks and they were holding their last snow cone fundraiser today. We didn’t volunteer to work the booth this time, because it seems like it’s the same 3 people doing the bulk of the work, but I thought supporting them was a nice gesture and then we would head to the amusement park.
But when we arrived, there was a really long line, and the kids who were working it were overwhelmed, and their parents were complaining that they had to leave.
We couldn’t leave them–they needed us.
So my kids rolled up their sleeves and jumped in. We spent the rest of the day at the fundraiser. I realized something.
I had been being selfish trying to keep that day to myself. It’s true! I didn’t want to do anything, I wanted to be waited on like a queen.
Turns out—-that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.
I’m not super biblical, although as a child I certainly was raised that way and I remember a scripture in Matthew, at the end of the beattitudes, that says “when you have done it unto the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me.”
Are you running your business as a vehicle for money, or as a service to genuinely help someone else?
There’s no wrong answer here, but I can honestly say I came home yesterday thrilled and excited that my kids got to (once again) see and participate in a way to be of service to something bigger than themselves.
And when I remember to act based on THAT principle in my business, I make a LOT more money and help a LOT more people.
Who doesn’t want that, amiright?
So without that major shift of “me me me me” to “uuugh, I guess” that I went through,how can you shift into that space today?