Have you ever watched the ripples in a pond after dropping in a rock?
Last weekend I got to thank someone who has profoundly influenced my life since I became a mother 20 years ago. Linda and Richard Eyre have written books, spoken around the world, and formed organizations all to promote the power of deliberate parenting. I have been one person who has felt their influence and have passed it on to many others over the years, in public and personal settings.
|Me and Linda Eyre after the Power of Moms Retreat in Linda and Richard's beautiful home.|
|April Perry, Linda Eyre, Saren Eyre Loosli after the retreat|
|Linda Eyre speaking at the retreat.|
|Richard Eyre speaking at the retreat.|
When April Perry was a new mother she visited a bookstore hoping for books to help her love and be successful in her new career of motherhood. She found many books explaining how to leave your children in the care of others and go off to do “important things.” Feeling discouraged, she finally ran into Linda Eyre’s book A Joyful Mother of Children. It spoke to April’s mother heart and soul. Linda became a mothering mentor to April 13 years ago, just as she did for me 20 years ago. We both feel so blessed by how much Linda and her husband have influenced our lives, long before either of us met them.
|Saren and April explaining how to get the most from the day's speakers and discussions.|
Several years ago April met Saren, Linda Eyre's daughter. April and Saren had similar dreams of creating something great to support mothers, and those dreams melded into the Power of Moms. Linda has helped countless mothers, and now her daughter’s organization is helping another generation of countless more mothers. April also developed Mind Organization for Moms, a great system which I'll blog about later. I told Linda in all the years of public speaking I’ve passed along gems I’ve learned from her to countless mothers too. I'm sure many others have passed along her gems as well.
|The Eyre's home is a perfect place for a moms' retreat.|
This reminded me of ripples in a pond. When you drop a rock in a pond, you see circles rippling out from there. It seems impossible to see exactly how far out the ripples go. Linda Eyre is like this. An infinite amount of mothers have been touched by the ripples of Linda's motherhood mentoring. Many like me, April, and Linda’s children, have felt those ripples and have dropped rocks that have created more ripples. It's impossible to know how many others have dropped more and more rocks because of Linda's influence. And how many more have dropped rocks because of those other people's influence. And on and on and on.
More ripples also come because so many of us have raised our children differently from Linda’s example, love, positivity, systems, and vision. Our children are having children (I just became a grandma last month!), and our children will raise their families differently because they were raised in ways influenced by the Eyres.
Elaine Dalton said, “I truly believe that one virtuous ...woman ... led by the Spirit, can change the world...” When I first heard this in 2008 I thought that was a nice principle but it’s not literal, just an exaggeration. I don’t any more. Linda Eyre is one who has proved Elaine Dalton right.
P.S. To see one of infinite ripples from Elaine Dalton, see this one woman who is changing the world with an organization she created in response to Elaine Dalton’s influence.