Have you ever taken a moment to think about your life’s purpose? What will your legacy be? A few years ago, I was asked that very question and my response was simple, “I hope to offer help to those that need it. To make someone’s life a little easier.”
My 90 year old mom passed away on December 27th, 2015 after a 10 day intensive care unit stay at our local hospital. I know that I fulfilled a small part of my legacy during those 10 days and for that, I am grateful. I was very close to my mom and very much like her in many ways. I feel very fortunate that I work in health care and can provide help to others in need in my work life. It was my hope in starting this blog that I could broaden my ability to help many and have spent many long hours in an effort to do so.
As we start the new year, with a clean slate, I thought I would share a few pearls of wisdom from my amazing mother, Dorothy: mom of 9 children ( I am the baby), neighborhood mom, artist, grandmother, great grandma, teacher and friend.
- A warm washcloth on sad, tear-filled eyes always makes you feel a little better.
- Patience is a virtue. Never rush–it only leads to problems and car accidents.
- When you give a gift, select something personal. (Hand-made gifts are the best.)
- Be there for your children. ( I was so fortunate that my Mom and Mother-in-law watched all three of my kids when I worked part-time when they were little).
- Be true to yourself.
- If you make a promise to someone, be sure you can fulfill it.
- Always have a few treats on hand in case someone stops by.
- A little vanilla ice cream everyday is okay.
Please bear with me, while I regroup, grieve, hug my kids, thank my husband for being the best support system anyone could ask for, and get back into my work groove. I hope you can hug those you love, spend time where it matters, and define your legacy…and live your life with intention.