What I learned from my daughter’s second grade spelling test

It was a beautiful spring day and I was waiting outside for the school bus like I usually did. On this day, my daughter, who was in second grade at the time, ran off the bus beaming with excitement. She was waving a piece of paper in her hand yelling, “Mommy, Mommy! I did good on my spelling test.”

Then the words she said next still haunt me to this day. She said, as proud as a peacock. “I only got one wrong.”
At the top of her page was 1X in red pen.

I bent down and gave her a big hug and told her how proud I was of her.
As we walked into the house, I sat her down and grabbed a thick black marker and crossed out the 1x and put the number 19 with a check mark. Then I said, “You must have practiced a lot to spell 19 words correctly”.
Although only in second grade, the look on her face told me she got the message and she backed it up with another big hug!

How many times do we look for what’s wrong in any situation?

So many times, when I ask my clients how their week was, they always want to start with what they didn’t do “right”.
When it comes to our health there is no right or wrong or good or bad. We make choices every day. We choose to nourish our bodies with high quality food, or we don’t. There is nothing right or wrong about it. Food is nourishment! Once we get that, and our mindset shifts it makes living a healthier lifestyle a lot easier.

When I start working with new clients, the first thing I do is have them experiment with food. When they become aware of how certain foods make them feel then their choice becomes easier. If they continue to choose low quality, energy draining food then we look at other areas of their life that are undernourished and they take on those areas. Healthy living is more than just the food you put in your mouth. It’s about choices.

If you struggle with having a healthy relationship with food changing that is easy with the right support in your corner. Food doesn’t have to control your life. You are and always have been in the driver’s seat. The question is, “Are you ready to take the wheel?”

Tina Brigley Authentic Leadership Coach