Listen to Your Mother
Happy Mother’s Day. I sincerely hope all of you are having a wonderful and blessed day. You deserve it. I think it is natural for all of us on this special day to reflect on the words of wisdom our Mother’s shared with us over the years. Nancy Churnin, a staff writer for the Dallas Morning News, wrote a Mother’s Day article that reminds us that these little gems are referred to as Momilies. Momilies are those little homilies that can only come from Moms. They’re love compressed in powerful little guides that moms slip into conversation to help us through life, just as they packed treats in our lunches to perk us up through long school days.
My daughter Holly has three fabulous children (of course Papa is prejudiced) and she has found a unique way to be consistent in sharing one of her momilies. She ends all of her emails with a quote that is great advice from a mother to her children…
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ Christopher Robin to Pooh
Isn’t that great advice? I can just see Holly looking at those precious children and saying those words.
Nancy Churnin asked the Dallas Morning News readers to share their favorite momilies – the sayings that inspired them and made them laugh. Here are a few that caught my attention:
Common sense isn’t all that common. ~Ed Chytil
Our family is rich and someday we might have money, too. ~Gayle Roberts
If you do not have anything nice to say, then don’t say it. ~ Barry DeWalt
My mom taught me that if I agree to do something for someone, I should do it cheerfully. Doing it but complaining the whole time just about defeats the purpose. Hard to live by, but still excellent to aspire to. ~Ellen Henderson
Use your broom to sweep your porch before you go sweeping other people’s porches ~Audrey Thompson
Things are just things. They aren’t important—people are. Nobody can take away what’s in your brain or in your heart. Every day you have with the people you love is precious. Tell the people you love that you love them every day. ~Nancy Churnin