My Pivotal Person

Last weekend my mom came up to visit.  We were sitting around, hanging out on the couch and she picked up Gary’s Dr. Phil book.  Yes…we are a Dr. Phil household because he knows everything and we love him.  Anyways…she started reading it and Dr. Phil asked who the five most pivotal people are in your life.  People that have changed you, molded you…and helped you become who you are today.  Of course…my mom immediately asked me who my five were.  I thought about it for a second…rambled off a few names…and went on to my next thought.  Last night I was thinking about it a little more in depth.  I realized that out of my few names I rambled off I didn’t mention the most important one.  My mom.  I guess it just seemed like a default answer and I didn’t need to mention it.  But as I thought more about it…I realized she should know…in writing…that she made the list.  And not just made…she’s at the top.


Most of who I am today is because of my mother.  When I think about what has molded me and how I got here…it all comes back to the things my mom has taught me…


She showed me what it means to be a friend…and how to love.  She taught me that life is meant to be lived…and fear is nothing to be afraid of.  She showed me that success is not a paycheck or job…but finding happiness is everything you do and that wealth is not measured by the dollars in your bank account…but by how rich your life is.  She was there to pull me back every time I stepped over the line and taught me that forgiveness is something never to be stingy with.  She taught me the value of giving and that what you give is far greater than what you receive.   Day in and day out…she modeled what it meant to be a strong woman while at the same time teaching me how to be compassionate and understanding.  She taught me how to go after what I want while still remembering who I am.  And more than anything she pushed me…every single day…to live out my dreams.  And that is exactly what I’m doing.


So when asked who my five most pivotal people are…I’d say she makes the cut…


My mom and I


She also asked Gary who his five people were.  His answer?  Me…and that I take up all five spots.  Good answer Gary…good answer.


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  • Sam - September 27, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    Lauren, great piece. Now make sure that your mom sees this:) As a mom, I’d be pretty touched if my daughter wrote this about me.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Wakefield - September 27, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    Laureny this makes me want to cry and so proud of you! And just so you know, you are one of the most pivotal people in my life as well. Isn’t that super!
    Love you more than you know!

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