The death of my dad over 5 years ago made me look back over our lives together and reflect on what I truly loved and respected about him. He made such a difference—not only in my life, but to all the people he met. He was charismatic, kind, compasionate and great fun to be with.Then it came to me, walking my dogs one day. The most precious gifts he had given me were self- esteem, self confidence and self belief. The ability to believe in myself whatever the circumstances.
And now as I reflect on where I am going tonight for a Charity Event for the wonderful School Home Support I thank my Dad for that belief in me as it has obviously led to my passion to help parents, throughout the world, to give that precious and important gift to their children.
My passion is to pass self esteem on – like a ripple in a pond so children everywhere, regardless of their race, colour, background or family circumstances can grow up happy, confident, well -balanced adults – today’s children but tomorrow’s future -free from the crippling effects of low self esteem, self doubt and lack of self confidence.
So as I jump in the taxi tonight and say “Take me to The House of Lords please!” I will think of my Dad and Mum and remember my Dad’s favourite phrase “Life is what you make it!”
It was the same the Christmas before last when I walked up Downing Street to the Christmas Party in support of the Million Mums Campaign which was a truly magical moment for me personally too.
Read my blog about the Downing Tweet Party here.
And I want you to believe in the beauty of your dreams – whatever they may be, and to feel inspired to encourage, believe in and support your children to raise their expectations of what they can achieve – life has no limitations – only the ones you put around yourself !
Oh, and I hope someone Tweets about it and pops up Twitpics as I don’t yet have an i -phone to upload photos instantly but hey ….. you can’t have everything ! LOL 🙂