My mom is one of the most extraordinary women I know. She has handled the storms of life with strength, grace and resilience. I have learned so much just from watching the way my mom has chosen to live her life despite her circumstances.
I am fortunate to live near my mom and enjoy the benefits of a close relationship. My mom is one of my best friends and I am so thankful for her and the time we can spend together.
As I raise my own daughter I often find myself saying, “Oh my gosh, I’ve become my mother!”
When I was younger I would have been offended, but now that I am older and wiser I am proud to be like my mom.
So…I’ve decided to share some pearls of wisdom I have learned over the years.
Be kind to animals – they give love unconditionally.
Make your bed everyday, because it feels better crawling into a made bed at night
Clean your fingernails and take good care of your hands – it helps you make a good first impression.
Say Please and Thank You – people are nicer to you when you are nice first.
Be generous. Someone else always has it worse than you do. So buy the girl scout cookies, the candy bar and put your change into the bucket at Christmas when the Salvation Army volunteers are ringing the bell outside of WalMart.
Work hard; give your best effort it says a lot about your character.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you can’t do everything by yourself.
What goes around comes around. This one took me along time to fully understand – but boy was she right on this!
Say I love you to your kids; your husband and your parents because you never know when it will be the last time you say it.
Be a person of your word. Do what you say, and say what you do.
Be kind to the grocery checker, the waitress who brings your food and the customer service person at the store. They might be having a bad day too, and their job is no less important than yours.
Money cannot buy class.
Once in a while have the cheeseburger, fries AND the milkshake.
Don’t forget where you come from.
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Chose to take the high road.
Forgive, Forgive, Forgive.
I love you mom…Happy Mother’s Day!