(Update - April 24, 2016 - New blog from this series posted HERE.)
Just for fun, I thought I'd start a new mini-series to showcase some of the amazing people in my life. I've learned unique things from each person that are specific to them. Below, you'll find a photo and a corresponding list. Some items in the list will be fun, others deep, and my hope is that you will find each post to be an uplifting experience, as these people have greatly impacted my life.
(Some) Things I learned from Mom:
- Dogs are people, too. Treat all living things with respect.
- Always give yourself a good once-over before you leave the house. Nothing is more embarrassing than arriving somewhere and realizing something horrendous after you're stuck and can't get back home to fix it. Be it the ever-awful VPL or the wrong shoes that make your pants look like high-waters... many woes can be fixed by taking time to get things right the first time! Also, If we want people to take us seriously, don't let trendiness reduce your self-respect.
- Always give each guest in your home the attention you'd give someone who's in a place of high honor. Invite them in, ask them to sit down and visit, and if they're staying overnight, have their room clean, cozy, and welcoming. It doesn't have to be fancy (although, she does a great job and has fantastic decorating sense!). People will always remember how you made them feel.
- Honor God with your gifts and talents. He gave them to you, so what better way could we use them than to offer them back to Him?
- Never be afraid to speak your mind, just remember that it can be done with a smile and class. People will appreciate your honesty and the fact that they can come to you for your valued input. Mom has a way of speaking truth in a way that makes the listener chuckle and walk away feeling enriched rather than torn down. Build people up.
- You can follow your dreams and calling, no matter how old you are!
- Work hard to better yourself. Go back to school in mid-life, learn a new language or skill. Learning is a life-long process.
- Laugh a lot. When I see of Mom with her musician friends at church and around town, the picture I have in my mind is filled with laughter.
- Always be willing to allow God to search us and show us what we need to do differently. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He can turn things around. We just have to ask Him for help.
Hopefully, my Mom can inspire you, too!