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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lipstick Leadership: A Letter to Mom - Melinda Day-Harper

"Dear Mom: I remember waaaay back when I was in my early 30's and fretting about something or another, you patted me on the knee and said, 'Oh, honey, you'll mellow out as you get older.' Ha! This coming from a woman who with a single glance could intimidate the devil himself! I can just hear you laughing out loud right now!

You conducted your life, Mom, with such stature, such presence, and with so much love and grace. I don't know how I could ever begin to come close to the person you were while you were here. I was so proud of you and for you when the Mayor of Fort Worth presented you with the key to the city as Volunteer of the Year for your work with Hospice and as a children's advocate. I know that you were proud, too, but mostly just grateful for the opportunity to be of service again as you always were in your life.

What incredible tragedies you not only survived, but triumphed over! Daddy's murder, your son's tragic death, your own brain tumor, your younger daughter's overdoes and suicide attempts. You sat through the murder trial with the same peace and grace that you've always presented to the world, that you have always had within. When my daughter was born, you told me, 'The two most important things you can teach your child are the Love of God and independence.' Now, I have to say that my ex-husband thought you went a little overboard with me on the independence thing, but it has served me well!

You always told me I could do and be anything I wanted to as long as I stayed close to God. When I had to put you into hospice care yourself in 2005, you looked at me and said, 'This is a wonderful place, honey, don't worry about it. I'm ready to go home.' I am so very grateful, Mom, that God blessed me with you - as my Mom and my prime, supreme example of the woman that God wants me to be. You are forever in my heart and soul. - Melinda"

- Melinda Day-Harper, co-author of "Wake Up Women", entrepreneur, speaker, corporate executive, coach and CEO of T-Zone Consulting, Inc. www.TZoneConsulting.com

For more of "Mom's Wisdom" to apply in your workplace for success, check out my new book "From the Kitchen to the Corner Office: Mom's Wisdom on Leadership" available in local bookstores and online at BarnesAndNoble.com!

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