By Shannon Parish
In 1999 I had the pleasure of witnessing the rebirth of my
oldest son as he graduated from Army boot camp. The hardest thing he has ever done in his life has become his
reward and a powerful catalyst for his dreams and self-awareness.
It was not that long ago that he took the first step towards
this momentous occasion by a simple declaration in the car while we were running
“Mom”, he said, “I’ve just realized something.
I have so much to be thankful for. A
family that loves me, a home to live in, my health.
There is no reason that I can think of that I should have low self
He paused, and my ears perked up as I flashed back to the
many years of struggle he had experienced up to this point in time in his having
any faith in himself at all. “This
is what I’ve realized” he continued, “Low self-esteem is nothing but an
My heart stopped. He
went on, “See, if I say I have low-self esteem, it’s just an excuse to not
take responsibility for my choices and actions, or to do anything about my
(Rather takes your breath away, doesn’t it?)
Shortly after that, he enrolled into Job Corps, got his
G.E.D. and then soon after, joined the Army.
All those nightmarish moments that every teen struggling with identity
and worried parents came to an end. He
had uncovered the power of truth.
By the way, I really must brag … do you know what they
called him in boot camp? This son
of mine who struggled so with whether God even existed or not?
This boy who saw more falsehood in church than in the streets?
They call him ‘The Saint’! It
seems that when he chose to fight the fiery dragon of self doubt and low-self
esteem, he discovered his Father, the Creator of the Universe – and the reason
A Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator and Creative Life
Coach, Shannon Parish devotes her life
to encouraging those who are fed up with the 'status-quo' and are determined
and pursue their purpose and destiny in life through one-on-one mentoring,
facilitated workshops and retreats.
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