Six Life Lessons from My Mother (and Four from My Daughters)
My mother and my daughter are 50 years apart in age. I passed my mom’s lessons on to my daughters because they were valuable and filled with wisdom. On the other side of the coin, with all the change in the world, my daughters have taught their grandmother and mother some modern and valuable ways to communicate, how to increase family togetherness, and a woman’s power.
We all have are own experiences to share. Here are six lessons I learned from my mom. What are some of your experiences?
- Challenge yourself throughout your life. Never stop growing.
- Be proactive about your health. This has saved my life twice.
- When you are happily married, you can face the world.
- The way you dress makes a statement about who you are.
- Laugh. Without humor there is no joy.
- Appreciation is a wonderful quality.
Lessons from My Children:
- Communication: The Internet and cell phones are the way to stay in touch now.
- Trends: From fashion and yoga to what is “hot.”
- The family that plays together stays together. Family togetherness over any social obligation.
- Women’s power: Feel your power and use it well.
Do Something GOOD Today: Pass on one of your favorite life lessons to your grandchildren.
Watching the early news the other morning was exhilarating. I was laughing and listening and agreeing with the values and wisdom of the guests, the Robinson family. So was my husband Shelly. For those of you who do not watch the television show Duck Dynasty, look it up and cancel all other plans for the evening. It is a comedy with a “GOOD” message. It is a message we grammas hold dear to our hearts and hopefully instill in our grandchildren. The show highlights a strong work ethic and personal responsibility for one’s actions – in other words, family values.
Here is their story – the values this family believes in (and so do I) that brought success and happiness to them in realizing the American Dream:
The patriarch of the family is a man by the name of Phil Robinson. He grew up in Louisiana without modern plumbing or electricity, yet he managed to earn two degrees and an offer to play pro football. He turned everything down.
He followed his passion: duck hunting. It led to his duck call invention, which led to his successful family business, Duck Commander, which led to his TV show, Duck Dynasty.
Why is this show successful? It highlights life’s lessons in an old-fashioned, heartwarming, honest and hysterical manner. It is refreshing and masterful in its ability to resonate what is really important.
Here are the Robertson’s values in realizing the American Dream:
- Remember, many people start with nothing. The Robinsons are a perfect example.
- Do what you love. Look where duck calling got the Robinsons.
- Humor and humility. They are so funny and filled with humility.
- Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Who creates duck calls?
- Listen to those younger than you. Phil, the father, listened to his son and started the TV show.
- Don’t think big. Think purpose and passion.
- When opportunity knocks, pay attention and listen. Be open.
- Everyone fails. Just pick yourself up and start all over again. Have tenacity.
- Success is up to you and you alone. Go for it.
This blog is a lesson for grandchildren. Copy and paste these values to send to your grandchildren. If you do not know how…do what the Robertson’s do - ASK SOMEONE YOUNGER THAN YOU!
Do Something GOOD Today: Share your values with your friends and family.
- Gramma Good
Fresh and colorful produce adds flavor and variety to your meals, and provides you with many much-needed vitamins and nutrients. Here’s five fruits and vegetables that have high nutritional value without too much sugar.
1. Blueberries. The antioxidants found in blueberries are associated with good memory and improved brain function. They are great with yogurt or cereal.
2. Eggplant. These beautiful purple veggies are one of the best dietary sources of antioxidants and also provide lots of soluble fiber. Try using grilled eggplant slices to prepare grain-free pizzas or burgers.
3. Kale. Have you ever eaten kale? It really is a superfood! A cup of raw kale provides 460% of your daily vitamin K, 74% of your vitamin A, and 107% of your vitamin C. Try it sautéed with coconut oil or toasted with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the oven until crispy.
4. Raspberries. Raspberries are not only low in calories, sugar and carbohydrates, they are also one of the highest sources of fiber among all fruits. They are also high in antioxidants, a family of compounds that have been shown to help with cancer prevention. Raspberries are great in salads, smoothies, or just plain!
5. Broccoli. Rich in antioxidants and selenium, broccoli could help prevent cancer. Its high fiber content will also help you feel fuller with fewer calories. Try adding broccoli to your Asian-inspired stir-fries for a quick, nutrient-packed meal.
One last note: buy organic produce when you can to avoid exposure to potentially harmful pesticides. The Environmental Working Group provides lists of the “dirty dozen” and “clean fifteen” – lists of produce with the most and least pesticide residues, so you know which ones are most important to buy organic.
Do Something GOOD Today: Buy something in the produce section that you’ve never tried before and learn how to prepare it!
- Gramma Good