Growing up, I never really understood just how valuable having my mother around was. She always seemed to nag me, or want me to do things a certain way, and I really disliked that. Being 28 years old, having gone through a “lifetime movie” of experiences, with her never leaving my side, not even once, I am grateful to call her mom. Below I have listed all the wonderful things I learned from my mom. I love her with all my heart, and I hope this post makes her proud.
“I really believe in love at first sight, after all, I’ve loved my mom since the minute I opened my eyes.”
It Is Always Better To Give
It is such a great feeling giving of what you have to help someone else. I would always watch my mom give her time, her abilities and herself in an effort to reach the lost, and always with a smile. She is a wonderful person, who cannot bear to sit back and watch someone else have less. My mom isn’t rich money-wise, but she is rich in love, and rich in passion.
Society tends to focus on the receiving part. Everyone wants to get, get and get some more, but I encourage you to give. If you see a homeless person on the sidewalk, offer them a hot drink, some food or a jacket to keep them warm. If there is a youth center in your community, give some of your time on the weekends. You’d be surprised how much of a difference a few hours a week can make.
Be Thankful For The Ordinary
My mom would always tell me that I am blessed beyond measure, but I being the naive teenager I was, never saw it. She was right. Many of the seemingly normal amenities that we have are things to be thankful for. The fact that you have a TV, WiFi or a cellphone is a reason to be thankful. The fact that you are currently reading this post is a reason to be thankful for because you have the means to access it.
My mom also taught me to be thankful for ordinary bodily functions. If you can walk, talk or lift your hands up be thankful. If you can go to the bathroom unassisted be thankful. Even if you do not have every single one of your senses be thankful.
In my final year of college, I was involved in two accidents. I was hit by a speeding taxi, and I hit my head on a basketball pole, after being hit in the face with a football coming from around the corner. I survived and I am thankful. Even though I may not be 100% at times, I am thankful. If you are struggling to find ordinary things to be thankful for, make a list and look at it every single day.
This is one thing I never really learned until I became a christian. Back then, I use to worry a lot, and give up a lot, and it was so stressful. Praying has changed my life for the better, and I am never looking back. My mom would be going through the most stressful time of her life, and always be smiling. She’d have to figure out how to pay bills that were overdue and be smiling. I couldn’t figure out how she did it until I discovered prayer for myself.
Since I have adapted prayer as a part of my life, I no longer worry. No, seriously I don’t. Prayer takes the burden and the stresses of life off my shoulders, and places them at God’s feet. It reminds me that there is a higher power who gladly provides all that I need and fights my battles for me. When I pray, I feel connected to God, and can’t imagine starting or ending my day without it.
Oh, this is a big one. If there is one lesson I needed to learn from my mom it was this one. Patience is a virtue, and thus it is one of the hardest personality traits to develop. My mom taught me that everything happens in its own time, and in its own season. She also taught me that being patient allows us to develop the character traits needed to receive our blessings when the time comes.
I started my blog about one month ago. When I started, I instantly started comparing my success to others, and that was wrong. I was being impatient. It takes patience and consistently working hard to achieve success. This is especially true when there is so much clutter in the blogging world.
Patience means taking my time to hone my blogging skills and clearly define my niche. It also means constantly growing as a blogger by increasing my organisational and networking skills, and learning the necessary lessons along the way. Can I challenge you to be patient today?
“Love” is one of the most important things I learned from my mom. It is patient, and kind, and puts others above oneself. Loving others can be difficult. My mom always said that if Jesus Christ, someone who was completely innocent, could love someone who has done so much wrong as she did, it should be a breeze for her to love others. Loving others, to her, meant looking passed all the mess, and finding the beauty that lay underneath.
This took a while for me, but I can understand her viewpoint. When I was a child, there were so many people on my hate list, that it could easily fill a book. Now however, I can honestly say, I love everyone. I might not like some aspects of their personality, but that doesn’t mean that I need to write that person off. I have discovered that behind every bully, there was a child hurting and begging for help. Behind every thief, is someone who struggled growing up, whose need was never really addressed.
Be Proud Of Yourself
Finally (well not really), my mom taught me that you should always be proud of yourself, and if you aren’t, work really hard to be. You should be proud of your accomplishments, be proud of how far you have come, and who you have become. If you are reading this, and you are not proud of who you are, there are many things you can do, but I will list two:
- Make a list of positive things that happened to you two years ago and are happening present day. Include your accomplishments, personality changes and anything that has positively helped to mold you as a person.
- Smile, because you have come so far.
My mom has been my rock for the passed 28 years. She sacrificed so much in order to see my sisters and I succeed. I will forever love her and forever be grateful. She is kind, considerate, funny, gorgeous and amazing.
When I become a mom one day, I want my children to be able to say this about me. If you’re reading this, mom I love you and don’t you ever think that you never made a difference, because you definitely made a difference in me.
So there you have it. These are some of the most important things I learned from my mom.
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