When I was twenty, I won a statewide pageant. Along with the scholarship came the opportunity to be a guest in other pageants and parades, and also to compete for the national title. I felt so happy and blessed each time I read another news clipping about my reign.
I was so proud of the gown I'd designed and I met some of the nicest people from all over. But then when I lost the national pageant, I felt so disappointed. I didn't feel successful anymore.
My mother looked at me with so much love I could feel it. She told me three things. She told me to focus on the fact that I got there by hard work and determination. She told me to be proud that I had given it my best effort. Then she told me to turn the corner so I wouldn't miss the next great thing in my future.
Now I am the mother of twelve-year-old twin sons. And I teach Jay and Lee to focus on the good things in their lives, to learn from disappointments, and then turn the corner to greet the next great events in their future.
Submitted by Anonymous