a tiny true story of girl leadership
and a glance at your influence in the world
She was scarcely inches above the head of the other children, yet she commanded their respect. The children marched in a row through the sidewalk following her lead.
They were four girls, the youngest scarcely three years and the older scarcely a couple of years younger than the Little Mama.
” We can race now. The coast is clear. But run in a row.”
Little Mama instructed, knowing that children need to spend their energy and cannot be constantly repressed.
They ran in a row ~orderly, believe it or not~ until they were a couple of feet from the next street.
“Now we are going to cross the street,” Little Mama instructed. “Hold your hands. You only cross when I say so.”
She made sure that all the girls were holding hand and then took the hand of the youngest one.
There were Angels guiding her.
And adults appeared from nowhere to support them, too.
The transit policewoman in the first street they crossed.
And me for the second street.
How could she be so good with kids, so mindful of their safety, at such a young age?
I realized that the answer to that question had three parts:
~ Necessity. She may have had older siblings and her mother needed to work, so she stepped up to do her share. We so often see our needs, oppressions and challenges as negatives, but they call us to step up.
~ Talent. She may have an inherent talent as a leader, teacher and/or mother. Talents and gifts are usually the resources for one’s life purpose.
~ Influence: She learned this from adults.
I believe that it takes a combination of these three things to flush out and polish our gifts, purpose, talents and leadership.
But I want you to remember Little Mama, guiding children through the jungle of the city when she’s barely a child herself.
I want you to remember her because she is the beneficiary of an adult’s influence.
Perhaps she studied the way her teacher conducts the children when they are in an outing.
Perhaps she learned it from her mother when she goes out with her siblings.
But she learned it from someone.
And that someone may not have the foggiest idea that this child learned this from her and is now applying it to the benefit of the children in her life.
Whatever we do, in whatever spirit, style and process we do it; there is someone learning from us.
You are influencing numerous children, young people, students, clients and onlookers right now.
Own that power and use it for good.
Your life matters.
And say a prayer for Little Mama, that she may always have Angels guiding and protecting her and the children under her guidance, that she may find the way to her conscious purpose and leadership, and that she may be free to follow her bliss in a way that makes her own life matter.
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