Lessons my Mother taught me
As we approach Mother’s Day, I am preoccupied with thoughts about my mother. While Mom passed away over 10 years ago, not a day goes by that I do not actively think about the lessons I learned from her. While my mother was not a business person, she was the best manager I ever met. While raising six children she was able to maintain a myriad of interests – from potting and ceramics, to becoming a world-renowned hybridizer of daylilies.
Here are some of the lessons in no particular order – and if you knew my mother you’d know it certainly is not a comprehensive list.
- Always leave it better than you found it - make a difference
- Treat others the way you want to be treated
- Never ever give up
- The Lord helps those who help themselves
- If you keep your mouth open long enough, something unfortunate will come out
- Do your best and, if you keep trying, you’ll be the best
- Do the important things first … and the less important will take care of themselves
- Do what you know is right
- Birds of a feather flock together
- You are judged by the company you keep
- There are no boring jobs, only boring people
- Always do more than is expected
- Never let a “wrong” go unaddressed
- Learn something new every day
- If you teach a person to fish, he’ll never be hungry
Feel free to comment on your experience.