A day with mom

I am a very lucky, fortunate daughter as  I was able to spend the day with mom.  My mom is the sweetest, most giving person in my world.  She is also very funny and silly and we spend so much of our time laughing.  I look forward to our days together as we get much accomplished.  Today was filled with many errands, but also love, laughter, and happiness.  I will do anything for my mother as I love her more than I can say.  She is a carefree, fun and beautiful soul.  May God continue to bless her!  I am a very lucky daughter indeed.mother

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To be successful….

What does it mean to be successful?  What does it mean to be valued?  Many people feel successful in their profession as they are making money, they are working hard, they are in management and consider themselves to be powerful.  However, are these same people valued?  To be truly successful means to have respect while being respectful, have value while valuing others, and have happiness while making others happy.  Success solely by earning a large paycheck is only a partial success.

Many misguided, self-proclaimed success stories have reached their heights by using others as stepping stones.  The hurt and distrust left in the wake of this type of success is difficult to overcome. 

I have been a stepping stone many times, and will continue to be one as I refuse to hurt or step on my co-workers to be successful.  The type of success that I have gained is much harder to achieve.  It takes dedication, teamwork, inspiration and admiration.  I give and I receive, therefore, I am successful.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
-Albert Einstein

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
-Booker T. Washington

Mothers and sons

B&TI love being a mother.  My children are the two most incredible things I have done in my life.   For some reason, God decided to give me these remarkable boys, and then broke the mold.  I am so proud of these beings that I have created, who are turning into very fine young men.  At times when I feel down, and self-worth is at a low point, I only have to think of my boys and realize that I have given this world two of the greatest gifts….  my children.  I am amazing.  Mothers are amazing.

The bond I have with my boys will never be broken.  They have seen and heard things that should never have been a part of their world.  In protecting them, I have hurt them.  Someday, they will understand the choices I have made.  They are resilient and accept what is with grace.  They are amazing.

As my boys get older and more independent, I am thankful they are confident, intelligent, and resourceful.  The fact that they continue to tell me they love me, makes my heart smile.  I will lay down my life for my boys.  As they have started venturing out into the world, I let them go with these words “You are my heart, which walks outside my body.  Treat others as you would have them treat you.  Make me proud, and always take care of yourselves and each other.  Be amazing.” 

Thank you, Lord, for all you have given to me. 



How deep is the foundation?

They can knock you down, but they can’t keep you down.  It never ceases to amaze me how fast people will climb over someone to get ahead.  What is it about being important that makes people behave in a way that puts others down?  I refuse to sacrifice myself, my morals, and my time to become someone who is considered “more important”.  The lure of power and money seems to cause the decline in friendships and values.  While most people would love to have the ability to make more money, people should also do more to earn it. 

Refusing to subscribe to the principles of the people who have bullied their way to the top will create pride and honor in oneself.  Staying behind to lend a hand to those who have been walked upon, creates friendships and allies–the people who have your back and lend a hand, if needed.  The top floor has its privileges, glamour, riches, and perks.  The lower floors have integrity, grit, and true spirit.   The higher the building, the deeper the foundation….

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.