May 06, 2011
Like many of you, I have more than one mom: Biological and Real. The former got pregnant forty nine years ago, had me and went on with her life. The latter took me in when I was turning five and nurtured me. Which one is Mother's Day for?
I'm not the only guy or gal that was mothered by a grandmother, aunt, family friend, in-law or mentor. I believe we should thank all Real Moms this Sunday for their contribution and love. You know who I'm talking about. In many cases, you might be the only one giving gratitude to her this year. Let's make sure we embrace the spirit of Mother's Day: Appreciation.
It's our real moms that give us values, confidence and perspective. They push, pull, primp and prepare us for our best life. Too many successful people point to authors, gurus and role models when describing 'their secret to success.' In my case, I point to Billye, my real mom.
Sure, in Today We Are Rich, she's included as my grandmother, but that's just being technical for the sake of the reader experience. As I said at the end of the book, she LOVES it when I call her mom, as she likes to say: "That's one of the sweetest words in the world to me. I raised you as my son!"
So pick up the phone, get in the car or go buy a gift for your real mom. She deserves to be recognized for the Ripple Effect her love has made on your life as well as everyone you touch.