My mother does not embrace Mother’s Day. If you know her, you know she is quite exceptional, and quite non-traditional. And you know I adore her. I don’t celebrate her today, because that would not be to her liking. But I do celebrate all of the things she has taught me over the years. My most valuable lessons. I have written about these over the years, including here – these lessons are not new, yet like most lessons in life, they are best heard over and over again. And certainly, they are lessons I think of every day
- You don’t have time. You make time. If it is important, it will make it on your calendar. Don’t use that excuse.
- On that note – schedule everything. Schedule time with yourself (for quiet, daydreaming thinking), schedule exercise time, schedule friend time. If it makes it on your calendar, it will happen.
- Red lipstick fixes everything. Find the red lipstick that suits your skin tone, and use it. Often.
- Have champagne to celebrate the big things, and the small things (translation: if you save the champagne to celebrate the big things, you won’t have enough champagne in your life).
- Guilt is an emotion invented by men to make women feel bad. Don’t ever feel it.
- The success of one woman is the success of all women. Always celebrate other women’s successes. Truly, and genuinely.
- The only path to happiness is to find harmony between your values, your actions, and your thoughts and feelings.
- The consequence of rule #7 is that you should never do anything just because society expects it – it will lead to conflicts between your values, actions, and thoughts and feelings.
- Spend time alone, taking care of yourself. You can’t take care of the world if you don’t take care of yourself.
- Be kind to yourself. First, and always. You can’t be kind to others if you are not kind to yourself.
- When you feel overwhelmed, cancel two things in the upcoming week. Just do it. Be in control of your schedule, not the other way around.
I love you Mom.
Thank you for being an inspiration, every day. Even if I chose Mother’s Day to tell you.