The other day a friend asked for my advice and, as I was trying to help, I heard myself say, “Well, as my mom always says” . . . then, I quoted one of her many sayings. This is when I realized that I not only have a great mom who’s kind, fun, and endlessly supportive, but she’s also darn smart.
When it comes to navigating life’s twists and turns, she always seems to know the right thing to do and the right thing to say. This blog is to both celebrate my mom and share some of her gems with you . . . and I’ve included just a few below. As you read through these, please think of your own mother and the words of wisdom she’s shared with you, and then please share with me!
Smart Quotes from my Mother Marilyn:
“We Go By Improvement” . . . This means: don’t kill yourself trying to be perfect. The goal here is to improve the situation. For example: You wake up, stumble out of bed, look in the mirror and scream because you didn’t get you beauty sleep (the dark circles, and bags under your eyes prove it). Don’t crawl back to bed because you feel hideous, just be better, go by improvement. Grab your under eye concealer, comb you hair, put on a bright color shirt . . . just improve the situation. I use this one all the time, as trying to be perfect is exhausting! But, being better is not only doable, but also energizing. You can always improve.
“Always Pray for the Truth” . . . When you’re confused, frustrated or unsure, look, ask and seek the truth. You can’t fix a problem with speculations or assumptions. When you have the truth, you can go forward. If you don’t have the facts, you’ll just make up a story and live in uncertainty. The truth sometimes hurts, but it’s always a gift.
“Your Intuition is Your GPS” . . . Mom would say “I never worried about you, Kristine, because you follow your intuition, and your intuition is always right . . . so listen when it talks to you, it’s your GPS.” I follow this one to this day. At times, I’ve gone into a room, turned around and left because it didn’t ‘feel right’ while, other times I’ve taken leaps of faith when a surprised opportunity came my way, just because it ‘felt right’. Intuition is God directing you, so don’t try another route.
“Never apologize for being overdressed” . . . You go to a BBQ, and the dress code is casual. You show up in a pretty sundress with matching sandals, while the rest of the guests are wearing cut off shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. Your ‘casual’ is just different than theirs, and that’s okay! You never have to apologize for trying to feel, look or act your best.
“We’ll Have None of That” . . . This is my mom’s way of saying: not acceptable. You don’t have to raise your voice, or discuss a situation to death. If you don’t like something . . . just have none of it. End the discussion. Stand for what you believe, and don’t apologize for it.
Thanks Mom your guidance, love and wisdom . . . you’re the best!
Please share your motherly wisdom with me – I’d love to know the smart things your mother says!