May 10, 2020-
My mother is the last person to want gratuitous or “obligatory” sentiments, on her important days. Either MEAN it, or leave it unsaid. Our gathering, this morning, brought the majority of extended family to their screens and a delighted matriarch was honoured by each.
I recall the things she said, along the way, that have impacted how I face life, even to this day.
“Look beyond the length of your nose”. This appeal to carefully investigate truth and to not be impulsive, in seeking to find answers, has paid countless dividends.
“Strong arm stuff never wins any victories”. So true, the use of force does not breed the sort of loyalty that brings the rewards one truly wants.
“A man was once killed by ‘I thought’ “. Acting upon assumptions can often be woefully counterproductive.
“Staring at the tree won’t get you any fruit.”- Getting up and acting upon one’s desires is the only real way to achieve anything.
“Have adventure in your soul”- She told me this, with regard to being bold enough to get out of my shell and approach girls, for friendship, in my teenage years. I have taken it more broadly, in my maturity, in looking far afield at what I can do in life.
“A male is not a man until he’s forty.’- She saw that men need a broad variety of both successful and adverse life experiences, before becoming truly mature.
“Drinking gives false courage”- Isn’t that ever the truth!
There were many other admonitions that my mother has offered, in her ninety-one years and eight months on this Earth. I look forward to hearing at least a few more.