Mom’s Wisdom

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My Mom is in her seventies, and has seen a lot in her lifetime.  She faced challenges that we all face one way or the other.  She has seen successes and many happy times throughout her life.

Recently, we were talking and I asked her if she could give me just three pieces of advice to live my life what would they be.   After some thought, she said she would have to think about it.  It surprised me that she wanted time to think about it.  She always was free with her advice sometimes even when I didn’t want to hear it. 

I arrived at her house the next day where she handed me a piece of paper with her three pieces of wisdom written out.  She explained to me that if she was only able to give me three, that these three were the most important.

As I read them, I realized the importance of what she was telling me.  She wasn’t telling me to save my money, nor was she telling me to work hard. Her 3 most important things to live a happy life were truly pieces of wisdom.

What were they?  Here is the wisdom my Mom shared with me:

1. Make each new day count by helping someone or just making someone smile.

2. Don’t dwell on life’s troubles, think of the good times.

3. Don’t worry about things you can’t do anything about.

This was an interesting thing to do.  Perhaps, like me, you have someone in your life that has been there for you, no matter what.  My Mom has always been one of my biggest supporters and the wisdom she has given me over the years has helped shaped the person I am today.  

Ask that person in your life to give you three pieces of advice to live a good life.  You may be pleasantly surprised by the answers you get.

By Catherine Pulsifer, © 2008

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