Coaching Corner: Motherly advice
By "Coach" Marilou Butcher Roth
Mother’s Day is on Sunday -- head’s up if somehow you missed this! I personally have many roles around mothers -- mother, grandmother, stepmother, step grandmother, mother-in-law. These are roles that I cherish each and every day. I am also a daughter. My mother passed away a few years ago, and I am quite certain that I did not appreciate her wisdom fully, finding a lot of what she said trite and sometimes irrelevant.
Let’s think about it though, our mothers are giving advice from the moment we can hear. I believe I tuned out most of what she said, and in thinking back, she was giving me true life skills to follow. Today I want to revisit some of the basics from my mother that have managed to lodge themselves in my brain:
- Be respectful (especially of your elders)
- Be kind
- Pay attention
- Save money
- Chew with your mouth shut
- Go to church (oops!)
- Read good things
- Take care of your belongings
- Do the best you can in whatever you do
- Study hard (oops again!)
Without question there are more than I have been able to pull from my memory, and without question, you will have your own list. Our mothers have made a tremendous impact on who we are and how we behave. This may be due to something positive, or as a result of something that we heard or observed that gave us reason to go in another direction for ourselves. Either way, thank you’s are in order!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!