Someone sent me a humorous list of reasons we “owe” our mothers. It made me laugh and cringe because I’ve been guilty of a few sayings that were under fire. When one of my three children threw a tantrum in a public place (which didn’t happen often), I would lean down and say, “Do you want something to cry about?”
It got me thinking about things my mother said which have helped me over the years.
One that has popped into my mind numerous times when I’ve been struggling: “It can’t be sunshine all the time or the flowers wouldn’t grow for lack of rain.” Or, to simplify: “This too shall pass.” Sometimes I can’t wait for that to happen!
“Clean as you go” was another mantra. I think this applies to keeping a house clean and neat as well as doing a personal moral inventory on a regular basis. What attitudes do I need to sweep out?
“Try to leave a place cleaner than when you...