I’d like to start by asking you a couple of questions….
First, are you finding yourself repeating a familiar yet uncomfortable cycle in your relationships?
Secondly, when it’s just you and your heart is broken again, do you quietly say to yourself…”Mama Said”?
Come on be honest. I will if you will. Over the years as I’ve gone through relationships my Mama’s words have come back to haunt me. Had I taken her nuggets of wisdom to heart I know I could have avoided a lot of disappointment and would not have had to deal with:
Low Self-Worth, Low-Self-Esteem, Physical and Emotional Abuse, Embarrassment and Frustration.
I can readily admit that when I reached my teen years I suddenly woke up one morning and decided my Mama didn’t know what she was talking about. Besides it had been a long time since she was a teenager. The rules she lived by didn’t apply to me. How wrong was I!
Mama wanted me to not experience some of the things she had. She wanted me to learn from her…
Now that I’m a mother and a grandmother, I find myself in her same position. I’m sure my children and grandchildren have those moments when they think to themselves, ‘Mama Said’ or ‘Grandma Said’.
Yes, it’s true that we all have to live our own lives, however, if we take the time to really listen to what our Mamas tried to teach us we could have avoided so much pain.
Sometimes it seems like we’ve learned from the “school of hard knocks”! The five nuggets of wisdom that my Mama tried to share and I was too stubborn to hear:
Nugget #1 – Know You Better than Others Do and Know Your Worth
Nugget #2 – Carry Yourself with Dignity & Respect
Nugget #3 – Education is Important for Success
Nugget #4 – You Can’t Change another Human Being
Nugget # 5 – “No” is Not a Bad Word
The interesting thing is that we don’t have to always learn things the hard way. I’m grateful that before my Mama passed she knew I’d learned the above lessons. I hope you’ll acknowledge the wisdom of the Mamas and Mothers in your life. It’s never too late to put it into practice. So go ahead give her a hug and kiss and say thank you Mama.