We get our true words of wisdom from the bible, but we can't ignore another great source of wisdom. I am referring to the words of our mothers during our growing up years. I am sure most everyone can recall our mother's words to live by.
Those words and sayings have stuck with me throughout my life. I feel fortunate to still have my mother so I can still hear her pearls of wisdom firsthand, but if I live to be a hundred, I don't think I will ever forget those sayings from my childhood.
My mother stressed true friendship and always taught us to have a friend, you had to be a friend. As we go through life we make a lot of acquaintances, which is a good thing, but good friends are special. To have a large circle of friends you can depend on is better than riches. My mother is also my best friend so I have been double blessed.
I attend a small, country church and I know if I needed any one of my church family, all I would have to do is call and they would be there. I work in a small office and again, I know they are more than my co-workers, they are my friends. I have a great family and I know any one of my siblings would be there for me any time I needed them, day or night.
My mother raised the four of us on words of wisdom, good advice, and with lots of love. Too many times we did not listen but as we got older, those words have stayed with us and we all still agree she did her best to teach us to live the right way.
I hope I can be the kind of friend I want to have; and I hope I have been half the mother to my children that my mother was to me.
Some of the other sayings my mother said to us included:
"If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all."
"Beauty comes from the inside."
"Don't judge another person, unless you have been there."
"Manners and morals never go out of style."
"Do it right the first time and you will not have to do it again."
"You can do anything you set your mind to."
"Hard work never killed anyone."
"Always be honest."
"Trust in the Lord and everything will work out."
I think the most important thing she said to us is, "I love you." She has always been quick to let us know she loved us unconditionally when we were 6 or 60.
I can't imagine going through life without friends and my mother's words of wisdom.