“True love does not only encompass the things that make you feel good, it also holds you to a standard of accountability.” – Monica Johnson
Have you ever noticed the most profoundly important teachers in life are seldom the ones who take it easy on you?
They are the ones that stretch you to learn, challenge you to grow, demand that you do more than you thought possible. For me, my most influential teacher didn’t teach in a classroom but lived in my home.
My mom showed uncommon boldness the day I was burned. Rather than providing false hope, she challenged me to own my next step, fight on and choose to live.
Upon leaving the hospital five months later, she challenged me to relearn how to feed myself (though my hands were wrapped in bandages), again play the piano (though I had lost my fingers to amputation), reach out my hand and shake others’ hands firmly (even though I was scared how people might react).
This teacher continues to share lessons today; her best are shown through her example.
A second house fire destroyed my parents’ home a decade ago. Mom revealed what resilience, grace, and determination look like. My dad endures his 25th year with Parkinson’s disease. She shows today as she always has, what unconditional love and stout faithfulness look like.
As life continues to unfold in ways she never planned, she remains a beautiful example of surrender, acceptance, and joy.
This Thursday, October 27, I will officially launch my Live Inspired Podcast. I’m so excited to be interviewing amazing guests such as Dave Ramsey, Rachel Macy Stafford, Joe Buck, Brian Buffini and others on their life stories, the lessons they learned, and what it means for each of us.
I could think of no finer person, to begin with, no greater teacher to learn from and to share with you than my mom, Susan O’Leary, for the preview episode.
This is your day. Tune in. And Live Inspired.