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The Wisdom of Our Mothers

May 4, 2011

by Erika Weisensee,
Oregon Writer

In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked some of my friends to share something wise they learned from their mothers. Most of them struggled to narrow it down to just one, and I certainly feel the same way about my mom. With that said, here’s but a small sampling of the wisdom of our mothers:

“My mom has taught me to enjoy the small things in life, laugh often and give with all your heart.”
– Michelle

“Some of my favorite words of my mother’s came after I said, ‘Thanks, mom, how can I ever repay you?’ And her answer was always, ‘When you give to your children, you will be giving back to me.’”
– Penny

“My mother taught me there are no limits to what anyone can do. There are only limits in thoughts.”
– Taio

“Mom was so optimistic. Even though she had experienced tragedy in her life, she had a strangely buoyant optimism about life and love.”
– Debbie

“She believes, as do I that we are all created as equals and deserve respect.”
– Paula

“My mom’s love was/is a reflection of God’s love for me. It never mattered who I was or what I had done. She loved unconditionally!”
– Mary

“Our Mom is the heart of our family.  She makes each day brighter and better just by being there.”
– Jessica

“My mother brought us up with a great sense of service to others and modeled it in her life.”
– Carma

“Although I have spent most of my life testing my mom, she has taught me what unconditional love truly means.”
– Becky

“Through many of life’s trials my mom taught me that tears are cleansing for the soul; a song can lift your spirit; and chocolate will finish the job!”
– Molly

“My mom loves with her whole heart, with every ounce of her being.
From the day I was born up to this very moment, I am filled with the warmth of her love.”

If you are inspired, add to this list with a comment below.


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Holly Price May 4, 2011

My mother taught me forgiveness in a thousand small ways.

Linda speaking May 4, 2011

Watching my mom take care of her mom helped instill in me a great and enduring respect for our seniors. Not all elderly were easy to tend to, but love pressed on.

just me May 4, 2011

My mom was not perfect
but she tried
It has not been easy
but I am glad of the times we had

Gina May 4, 2011

She taught me patience, which has made everything in life more tolerable.

Jasmine Ai May 4, 2011

This gives me a good idea to write on the card for Mother’s Day. Thank you Erica.

Gb May 4, 2011

To not forget to laugh at yourself.

Dee Dee May 6, 2011

That there is always tomorrow.

Angela May 7, 2011

Sometimes it may not seem at first to be wisdom, but when mom has been proved right, I am thankful that she allowed me the freedom to make the mistake and not try to say “I told you so” over me. I admire her for that.

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