Motivation Mondays: Don’t Steal the Sunshine

12 Nov


A good friend of mine recently shared this feel-good video and it was something that made me smile …




You see I desperately try not to steal my kids’ sunshine, their spirit, their juice, their rainbow of colors that brings them to life. I try to keep my neurotic parenting to a minimum as I’d like my kids to have some sense of awesomeness still radiate like the sun on ocean waves. As a parent I’ve seen this happen and in truth I did it myself a when they were younger, and I caught myself feeling crappy and ugly for it as I saw the immediate brightness dim itself a bit.

It was just water.

Jumping in puddles. What kid doesn’t want to do that? I was so worried about the car seats and rugs getting soaked that I forgot it’s just water. Mr. Clean Erasers work like magic and the moldy smell would eventually go away if I just aired it out.  I totally let the air out of the balloon.

That was me.

I deflated the little spirits when they were 6 and 3. The crazy mom just trying to get through the day, the “getting through” part was what I was missing. I was all about keeping on schedule so breakdowns wouldn’t happen later on. I was just trying to get through it, when I should have been present. Parent fail. Big time.

But I learned.

The person that helped me turn the corner was someone I hadn’t even met. Randy. I remembered Randy Pausch and his Last Lecture … and I remembered splashing in puddles was definitely worth it. Remembering Randy Pausch and his message helped me shift gears. Galoshes and raincoats were in full effect, and I was happy to see the energy and light come back.

I promised myself I wouldn’t steal their sunshine after that and to the best of my recollection I haven’t. I’ve done other crazy mom things, for sure, but that … that is promise I kept.

This touching short film, Alike, was another reminder of that, a reminder of what I could lose if I’m not paying attention, what I could lose if I try to mute their vibe, what I could lose if I forget they need encouragement even if I don’t have it. It also reminded me of what someone else can lose because of me.

It was a good reminder … and I was grateful.

Buen Camino my friends!


5 Responses to “Motivation Mondays: Don’t Steal the Sunshine”

  1. susielindau November 13, 2018 at 4:09 PM #

    I LOVED this film! It had such a great message. We all need to share those moments!

    • The Guat November 23, 2018 at 10:21 AM #

      It was!! I’ve been watching it like once a week since I first saw it. I had the kids watch it too. They really liked it! I’ve been checking out these documentaries too. I might have to do a write-up on them. Hey! I hope you had a GOOD Thanksgiving!!

      • susielindau November 23, 2018 at 3:11 PM #

        Thank you! I did! Hope you made some great memories too!

  2. Sorryless November 14, 2018 at 6:11 PM #


    Failure is simply another way of understanding ourselves. You done good, mama. And I’ll have to check out that film, thanks! 🙂

  3. The Guat November 23, 2018 at 10:25 AM #

    Thanks for the pep 🙂 sometimes failing doesn’t always feel that way but I’m glad when buddies remind me that it is and this helps shift my perspective. Thanks my friend:) Hoping you had a good Thanksgiving and had all the positive vibes hanging out in your neck of the woods. Have a great one!

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