Last night I had a gut-wrenching conversation with my nine-year old son that left me in tears. It started with this question:
Are you the tooth fairy, mom?
For many parents this conversation is hard but certainly not one that a person might label “gut-wrenching” but it was for me, and here is why…
Underneath everything I write about and all the success coaching I offer I secretly believe I am teaching adults to believe in magic again. Because somewhere along the way we stopped believing magic was possible and when we did our dreams became impossible.
Bringing dreams to life – whether its money being left in exchange for our teeth or getting paid to do what we love – requires magic.
I do what I do because I KNOW that when we have a dream and take action (no matter how small) and add a big helping of faith and trust anything is possible. That is magical!
I have always understood that everyone is capable of creating miracles and that those miracles are fueled by faith. And last night I was faced with telling my child that a very powerful form of magic in his life was a lie and that his faith in a mystical creature was misplaced.
But I did it. I thought about lying just to keep the magic alive a little longer but as I looked into his eyes weighing what was truly right from wrong my son said to me: I know you wouldn’t lie to me.
And I realized if I lied about this another form of magic was at stake.
When I look in his eyes and tell him he can do anything he needs to believe me. And if he thinks I’m a liar he never will … and that is a magic I’m just not willing to risk.