Monday, July 16, 2012

5 Life Affirming Things My Mother Taught Me

by Diane Steinbach

My mother was a joy. She was funny, creative, loving and giving. We didnt always get along, especially as I entered those teenage years, and then again, when I went from one bad boyfriend-choice to another, but she always had an affable way about her that meant I could always come back no matter what was said.

I was crushed... beyond words when she died after a 2 year battle with cancer.

Even during her battle she had a sense of humor. She loved life, and although she only had 2 children, my sister and I, she also had a foster son for a short while, and wished she could have had more.
It was not to be.

However...her light shone brightly and even before I looked around that crowded church when we all said our final goodbyes I knew her life touched many.

She had hoped to share her special ways... her sense of humor, her joy of life, with others, and so it is with that thought that I share with you all some bits of wisdom she taught me.

1. Always have fun with what you are doing. If you are smiling and having fun, that fun will be contagious. People who see you, will begin to feel better and happier even if they are blue.  Share your happiness.
2. Reach out to others.  If you see someone who looks lost or confused, try to help. Even if you don't know the answer, two confused people feel stronger and less afraid than one confused person. You will make a friend for life, or at the very least help alleviate the stress from someone in that very scary moment.
3. Don't try to be the center of attention. Step back and let others sparkle. The satisfaction you get when you support your friends and watch them succeed ...well, that is better than being the center of attention yourself.
4. Be a caretaker to living things. Always stop to help out an injured animal or stop someone from hurting any living thing. Life is energy, and energy is all around us. We are all caretakers of nature and should treat all life with respect.
5. Love freely. Always return love given to you, and give love to those who need it. Love is free and heals our souls. It is the light within you...let it shine.

5 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. What a joy though to read about her and the blessings she passed onto you through her life. What a treasure! The memories can be such a comfort. Thanks for stopping at Quirky Vistas and leaving me a comment and following. That's how I found you. I'm your new follower now. I hope you'll stop by again!
    Liz

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  2. Thanks, Liz, for your comment, and for stopping by and following. I hope you find some other inspirational "stuff" here on Treasuring Grace..

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  3. Your mom sounds like an amazing lady - and wise too!

    Thanks for sharing her wisdom at Inspire Me Monday at

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  4. Wonderful words of wisdom. Your Mom sounds like she was the person to have on your side. I am sure you miss her very much. I am going to bookmark this page so I can come back to it when I am not feeling so friendly or lovable. Thank you so much for sharing some of your Mom's wisdom!

    New follower from the Friday Blog Hop.
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