Lessons from Mom

Did you ever stop to think that life’s great lessons are taught by our moms?  It’s true, just ask any mom! So in honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I would share some of my mom’s (Mimi—as most of you know her) lessons as they relate to life:

1) Don’t be a spectator: Be a participant! Life is for the living; the more you participate, the better you will feel.  Energy is one of life’s greatest forces, and for those of you who know Mimi, she has great energy and tons of it. Live life to the fullest every day, rest, and the next day, start over.

2) Make your presence felt – naturally. My mom can walk into a room and within a short time, everyone knows she’s there. But she does it in a way that is natural; not because she is the loudest person in the room (though that’s possible), she does it with a smile and energy that makes people want to be with her.  This is a gift — and if you have that gift, make sure you fully develop it and share it with others.

3) Be all you can be, and then some  Before there was the U.S. Army slogan, there was Mom: “Honey, you can be whatever you want.” What a great inspiration in life. And so true. She never said it was easy, never said there would be no bumps in the road. She did say that you can achieve anything you can dream of with hard work, great energy, and the right support system. You can achieve what you believe.

4) Believe in something bigger than yourself and, while we are on that topic, don’t be afraid to dream big.  We know fear is what holds back most people in life, so make sure you believe in something bigger than yourself to guide you along the way.

5) Positive people attract. My mom comes from a long line of positive, strong-willed women. There is something about a positive person that’s electric. You can watch it every day; sour people suck the life out of a room, and positive people breathe life back into the void. Keep it positive always — there is no greater energy on Earth than positive energy.

6) Be a great listener. I am amazed by what people will tell my mom. A sales person in a store will tell my mom the most intimate details of their life within minutes of meeting her! I know this is due to several things, but primarily, my mom has a way to connect to people: to build trust, build a relationship — practically instantly!  It’s a gift. People do want to share with others with whom they connect, and you need to be a great listener to build relationships with people. Practice this skill every day; we know it is an essential skill in most jobs.

7) Listen to your mom. Our greatest lessons in life are taught by those who brought us on this journey.  Whatever your relationship is/was with your mom, there are great lessons there that can be used every day of your life.  Whether the lesson was to be a kind person; to love your siblings; to respect others; to be caring; to spread joy and happiness; to enjoy what you do; to never say no; to not give up; to share with others; to be a comfort to those who need more….whatever those really important lessons were, don’t forget them, and make them part of your life.

All of our mothers are special. Mine gives me the best MOJO I can ask for.  I’d love to know what your mom gave you. Thanks Mom!

Peter Friedfeld

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