A Mother’s Wisdom

“This too shall pass…”

  I hear my Momma say.  Throughout my lifetime, I have heard the sweet, gentle voice of my Mother imparting her wise words to so many in the darkest of times and in moments  where life couldn’t get any better. And while these words are not of her own creation, they are to me and to all who’ve been blessed with  her sage advice over the years.  It is a reminder that the hard times will pass(sometimes painfully like a kidney stone as she often jokes) and that we must carry on.  It is a reminder that  pure happiness is often discovered in the briefest of moments and that we should embrace this bliss  while we can.

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Busted after breaking the screen with the football

  As a teen, I would simply dismiss these words of truth- “She doesn’t understand.”  Oh but she does.  She was a single Mother of three and worked two jobs to make ends meet. She lost a daughter to cancer a few years back and carried on-  as a registered nurse, she helped to deliver one of her grandchildren and held hands with patients as they took their last breath embracing the beauty and sadness of it all.  She whispered, “this too shall pass” on my wedding day and again during my divorce.  With a teenage daughter of my own now, helping to guide and let her create her own path, I speak my Mother’s words…

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My selfless and loving Momma is 85 years old today.  She still works as a part-time RN nurse and only recently retired from full-time shifts.  She sits along the river bank fishing with my children –  knowing- “this too shall pass.”

The difficult times and the good times will always pass; embrace them both and know that each will teach you.  

What words of wisdom do you hear from a loved one?

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