10 Things I Learned From My Mother
We don’t get to choose our family or our genetic makeup, but if I did I can’t imagine choosing any other than the one I’ve got. On this Mother’s Day as the social media love is flowing, flowers are handed out in churches and homes, and brunch reservations are hard to find, I’m reflecting on all the impactful things that I have learned from my Mother. There are more than 10 of course and these are in no particular order, but for the sake of time (and your attention) I’ll cut it short!
1. Beauty is in how you live.
My mom is beautiful inside and out, and although she modeled the importance of taking care of yourself she poured herself into loving others, not her shopping budget (I’m still working on this one).
2. Faith is #1.
With no argument here, hypocrisy is one of the biggest turn-offs with “religion”. Having a mother who lives out her faith helped remove those obstacles and grow a faith that became my own.
3. Be a good friend.
I have watched my mom give a listening ear and nurture her friendships over time. I hope I show that in my relationships too!
4. Love your husband.
This one seems obvious right? I love my Dad to pieces, but the patience and love my mom consistently shows to him sometimes blows my mind (and again, still working on this one)!
5. There is peace in having a clean and organized home.
The gift of clean I definitely did not inherit genetically, but I grew up in a house that was always in order (besides my room) and I don’t feel total peace until my house is in the same state. Now getting it that way is one of my biggest challenges, but I know I feel better when it’s clean and organized!
6. Sugar makes everything better.
This may not be the healthiest thing I’ve learned from my mom, but it’s one of the truest (kidding…kind of)!
How many afternoons did I spend after school eating fresh-baked cookies? Too many ;).
7. Appreciate the quiet.
My mom has always loved quiet. A quiet place to read, to meditate, to just be. I never understood this growing up, but I see the value in it more and more. Life is loud enough as is.
8. Be an encourager.
Wow, I have endless examples from earliest memories until yesterday of the ways that she has encouraged me. Phone calls, notes, prayers, the methods may vary, but she is always steadfast in her support.
9. It’s ok to use recipes.
Sometimes I feel inadequate when I can’t just create something in the kitchen like a “real” chef does. Growing up I had home cooked meals every night. My mom is an amazing cook, but she almost always uses recipes. The food still tastes fabulous whether it’s planned or spontaneous!
10. Do things for the good, not the glory.
I admit it, I like positive attention. Although I’m now much more introverted, as I child I had no problem putting on concerts for whoever wanted to see my star shine. Or feeling put off I did a good deed and didn’t get noticed for it. My mom honestly has the heart to help regardless of reward. She does it for what the act achieves not what she’ll get in return.
Wishing all the Mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. May you feel especially appreciated today for all you do!