Last night Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner of American Idol season 11. It was an awesome moment to watch, as he is super talented and yet humble, and remained that way through his entire Idol journey. It was inspiring to watch him and great for my sons to see someone who accomplished a dream by staying true to himself. Throughout the season, Phillip paid no mind to the Hollywood “experts” who told him how to dress, how to play and sing, and how to act. He continued to focus on what he loved about it all – the music – and didn’t get caught up in all the extra noise.
Not to mention, the first thing he did after winning was run to his family and hug them. If I can raise sons like that, I’ll be happy.
The lessons my boys learned from watching Phillip Phillips? Yes, okay – rock stars are cool – but also: humility, grace, positive attitude, hard work, appreciate the moment at hand, and humbleness. And, pay no mind to your naysayers – they only fill you with fear. Listen to yourself and you’ll be golden.
Phillip Phillips wins American Idol: sings, cries and appreciates the moment
I’m a fairly Type-A person – always on the go, pretty intense and not one to sit down for long, if at all. It’s also quite possible that I possess a few obsessive- compulsive behaviors – if you count noticing any time a picture frame is moved as obsessive….
Many elements in my life have likely contributed to my constantly-racing heart and go-go-go mentality – a German-work ethic, a childhood full of yellow legal pad “to do lists” from my father, a Catholic upbringing…the list goes on. In some senses, my intensity has served me well – at work, for example, where clients appreciate my tireless work ethic and constantly spinning mind. In my personal life it has been called into question from time-to-time, such as when my husband is hoping I can just focus on him during a conversation – and not tidy the counter, open the mail or keep my fingers on the keyboard while he talks.
Like anyone, I was nervous to have children. I like everything in its place and I wondered how in the world I would possibly balance my career and motherhood. But I’ve found over the years that not only am I doing an acceptable job at juggling, but my sons (ages 5 and 2) are helping me to relax a bit – ironically, when I’m busier than ever – as they continue to teach me every day some very important lessons:
• Messes can be cleaned
• Relaxing is not a bad thing – especially on the hammock with a sippy cup
• Trains are cool – bugs are too
• Love with all your might
• I should have appreciated my parents more
• Some loud music, crazy dancing and beating a drum set does wonders for stress relief