23 April 2011 in

The Parts That Make This Whole...

APRIL 23, 2011

I have to admit I have been uninspired and overwhelmed lately so my writing has taken the biggest hit. It's not that one thing in particular happened, it's just that life happened. I don't really think any of us can escape those moments.

Henry Nouwen wisely said: "When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."

I have many wonderful people in my life who fit the above criteria but my mom is at the top of the list. She is hands down the most amazing person in my world. She definitely hasn't done everything right, but even in the things she's failed at she's carried herself with strength and dignity. She has a smile that lights up a room and a hug that makes everything better.

Admittedly, I was not the easiest child to deal with. I'm pretty sure "sass" was my middle name straight out of the womb. That sass turned to arrogance, because clearly I knew everything when I was a teenager (insert sarcastic roll of the eyes here). Thankfully, that arrogance turned into getting a clue in my mid twenties, after real life kicked my ass.  

I love my mom wholeheartedly. She is always on my side. I can come to her with anything, there is never any judgement. She always says the same thing "you can get through anything, keep your head high and keep moving forward. I believe in you, and never forget that I am always here to help you." I am eternally grateful for the things she's taught me:

1. Talking about things only goes so far, doing things is what makes a difference.
2. There are times when silence and a smile are more powerful than the loudest screams.
3. Family is important.
4. Once you have children, they should be the center of your universe. No and's, if's or but's.
5. If you failed, you pick yourself up and fix it.
6. Try not be disappointed when you can't count on others, do it yourself.
7. Other people's actions don't define who you are.
8. When you lie you get caught. My sister never got in trouble, even though I blamed her every time.
9. You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.
10. Life sucks sometimes, but that's life.

So in a time of what I would call life chaos, I'm going to appreciate my mom and her unconditional love. She is more than deserving - she's the thread that has kept my world together on more then one occasion.  

the outspoken introvert

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