A portrait of a life toughened by experiences, a mother who teaches her children about self-assurance, gratitude, and faith, is a mother worthy of praise. Jeanne was a mother of 5 children. Having lost one of her children at 8-months old, she knew heartache. She experienced grief and pain, but she also valued her family. Before her death, she gave these final lessons. Her life was a true example, for she lived by these twelve lessons for life.
- Always be on Time. – If you’re late, you could be the one who missed the opportunity.
- Laugh Often. – Life is too short to take everything so seriously.
- Be Creative. – Having talent serves no purpose, if you don’t exercise it.
- Be Honest. – Admit your mistakes and always speak the truth in love.
- Keep your Promises. – Failing to live up to what you say will diminish your credibility.
- Love your Job & Be Grateful you have one. – Make a difference & make your life count.
- Enjoy who You Are. – There is no-one else in the world like you.
- See the Good in Everyone & Everything. – Everyone comes into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
- Appreciate every Day, for it is a Blessing. – Don’t take your health, your wealth, or your life for granted.
- Learn to Forgive. – Forgiveness produces honor and rebuilds understanding of souls.
- Love your Family. – God gave you family, and there is a reason they were chosen to be part of your life.
- Have Faith in Yourself, in Others, & in God. – People may let you down, but God will never abandon you.
“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” – Proverbs 1:8
Wisdom is taking the knowledge you have and piercing it with humble grace. The ability to lower your head in humility with forgiveness and gratitude is a choice. Only with faith and understanding can a bridge be built.
Sharing of wisdom through writing, experiences, and attitudes will puncture this great abyss. Grow in grace and believe in others. For these things this writer holds true, for these were my mother’s lessons.
The news around the world is haunting. Lives are splitting apart. Negativity and hatred consumes America’s beliefs and governments.
In this vast world, there are two things that will persist. Love and hate. Martin Luther King Jr. once said he had a dream. A man of passion, he spoke freely about equality, fairness, and love. He said, “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
Can a simple exercise in 12 lessons make a change in this world? Perhaps, in the heart of forgiveness with a love for mankind, people can find their faith again.