Lessons Learned from Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I have decided to pour a stiff drink and share some wisdom I’ve learned from my mom.


As most of you know, my mom passed on to heaven a little over two months ago (you can read more about that here) so this will be my first Mother’s Day without her. She wasn’t much of a drinker, but her drink of choice was a vodka and tonic with a twist of lime — true old school. So, in honor of my mom, let’s have a drink and I’ll share my top five “tips for a happy life” that Mom taught me…

Tip #1: “To have friends, you must be a friend.”

She knew that in order to have friends, you needed to be a friend. In other words, don’t look for what people can do for you, look for what you can do for others. This builds a lasting bond and a deeper connection. You are in that friendship because you really care for that person, not because they will benefit you in some way. This brings a happiness that only real friendship can.

Tip #2: “Cut people some slack, no one is perfect.”

She knew that perfection in people was not possible. People are flawed and we need to cut them some slack and move forward (of course, we are not talking about accepting destructive and dangerous behaviors). Forgiveness is a choice, and, when given, it frees us to live a happier life not weighed down by the exhausting energy spent being angry or holding grudges. We get our happy back.

Tip #3: “Trust in the Lord as He will never forsake you.”

Some of you may have read this in the Bible before, but she lived this out for me to see on a daily basis. Life is difficult and often hard (if not impossible) to understand. However, trusting in and aligning yourself with the Lord brings a happiness and peace this world can never offer.

Tip #4: “Choose to see the glass half full.”

Make a choice to look for the positive. This does not mean not acknowledging difficulty, sadness, etc, it means acknowledging those things but not letting them define you.  A sure path to a downward cycle is a “poor me” mentality. Remember most things are temporary and happiness is sometimes only a change of perspective away.

Tip #5: “Have a sense of humor.”

My mom had the best sense of humor. It was not a loud one but a smart, unexpected, clever and always hilarious one. It is one of the things I miss most about her. She could make me laugh about almost anything and laughter truly is the best medicine. After a good laugh, feeling happy is pretty much guaranteed…and laughter is contagious.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I miss you and thank you for all the wisdom and love you gave me.

What are some of the best pieces of wisdom your mom gave you?

Me_Mom_USC                     (this is a little grainy, but it is me and mom at my university graduation)

12 thoughts on “Lessons Learned from Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. This was such an awesome tribute to your Mom Sherry! I’ll bet she would have loved it… I know your Mom was a wonderful woman because she raised such an amazing daughter. I felt like I already knew the 5 tips because I see you live them out every day! You are a living testament to a great person 🙂

    • Thank you, Holly! Your words are really appreciated. I hope to make her proud.

  2. BEST MOTHER’S DAY BLOG EVER! Sherry you are an amazing writer. What a fantastic tribute to your Mom! P.s. Ducks vs. Blackhawks…..are we at war?

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement! Let’s not be at war, instead let’s discuss the finer points of hockey strategy over dinner…but let’s go Ducks! 😉

  3. Thanks, Sharon, for sharing your Mom’s tips for a happy life. I read them in detail and will surely follow them the best I can. Your mom did a great job of raising you and it is evident that you have followed her advice closely – you are always so full of positive energy no matter what life throws your way. I am sure she is very proud of you.

    As for tips my parents have given me, the two that stick out are: ‘tomorrow is another day’ and like your mom says ‘always see the glass half full.’ I cannot say that I have been as good at following these tips as you have though.

    Lots of love and thinking of you tomorrow,

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