The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


Moms are special…

My Mom was – I bet your Mom is, too.  This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day.  In mind; in memory; or in person; be sure to make it a special day for Mom, OK?

My wife is a Mom.  She maintains a close and active relationship with our children.  And she continues to lovingly mother our grown boys even while their father asks, “Will I ever get these guys off the payroll?”  But I digress.

Moms have special skills.  Ashley is the mother of my grandson.  She’s currently an unemployed waitress with a college degree – making her one of many college graduates who can’t find suitable employment in today’s tough economy, yes?  However, she is the love of my older son; and a loving, patient, and skilled mother of my grandson. 

Ashley’s efforts remind me of the skill (and success) the parents who raised me and my generation had.  Those Moms had special skills to care for and raise their families.  Their skills were valued just as much as earning a paycheck.  Because of Ashley’s work – my grandson will benefit tremendously.

 Our Moms have a sense of humor – just ask our Unknown Sage:  

A wife invited some people to dinner.  At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”  I wouldn’t know what to say”, the girl replied.  “Just say what you hear Mommy say”, the wife answered.  The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”

Our Moms are teachers.  My daughter-in-law, Sierra, is a great teacher (among her many other motherly skills).  With my younger son’s support, Sierra does an excellent job of teaching her teenage children by example; perhaps the highest degree of difficulty when teaching teenagers – do as I say and as I do!

Yes, Moms are teachers.  I bet you remember many of the life-lessons you learned from your Mom.  And our Mother’s lessons last a lifetime, yes?  Back to our Unknown Sage: 

            What my Mother taught me: 

My Mother taught me logic; “Because I said so, that’s why.”

My Mother taught me irony; “Keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

My Mother taught me about the science of osmosis:  “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!” 

And our Moms have an immeasurable reservoir of power.  I bet your Mom has power; my Mom did: 

I watched my Mom’s great power, which she needed in order to deal with a new cancer treatment in the late 1960’s that was so unimaginably harsh – that the administration of this treatment was solely based on the primitive science of trial and error – where the doctors’ routine consisted of observing how much of a dose could she tolerate without dying from the treatment.  It was an experimental treatment back then; offered only as a last resort for terminally ill cancer patients. This wasn’t a cancer cure; just a radical option to extend one’s life another year or two.  It was due to her staying power (and that of many other patients like her) before she finally succumbed in 1974, that has helped pave the way to the development of the commonly used, life-saving cancer treatment we all know today as chemotherapy. 

Sunday is Mother’s Day – make it special for your Mom if she’s living; make it special for you through your memories of your Mom if she’s not. 


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