Last week, after 95 years of life, my wise, beautiful mother died. Her last years were difficult ones and at the beginning of those difficult times, 15 years ago, my dear friend for whom my mother was a mentor, encouraged me to write this. Reading this at this time is a wonderful reminder of the legacy she left. Sharing it in the hope that you will find a kernel of wisdom for your own life.
Be responsible and reliable
Be organized and efficient
Get things done, do it now
Things are just that, and can be replaced
Take care of yourself
Always try to look your best
Keep yourself and your home clean and neat
Having class and having money are not the same
Save the pennies, so you can spend the dollars
Enjoy beautiful things
Presentation is important
Appreciate and choose quality
Good manners; you never know when you might meet the Queen
Good food is an important part of life
Respect another’s privacy
Determination and independence
Don’t be afraid to take risks, when your number’s up, its up
Confidence and courage to try new things
Be there for your life partner, s/he is #1 in your life
It is better to have a few good friends, than many acquaintances
Be a good friend
Amen! Those are certainly words to live by. Thanks for sharing your mother’s very inspiring wisdom!
May she rest in peace!
So sorry for your loss. Such wise advice. Thanks for sharing it.
Elisa- The loss of a parent leaves a hole in your heart that is never filled.
Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
She was an amazing woman, leaving a legacy of many great things.
This is beautiful.
The most beautiful reflection of her life is seen in your spirit daily – you have followed her wisdom and shared it by example – take peace in knowing you carry her forward.