Happy 100th Birthday, Mom!

I was forced to live far beyond my years when just a child, now I have reversed the order and I intend to remain young indefinitely. Mary Pickford, American actress

My mom would have been 100 years old today had she not died at the age of thirty-four. Even though she had a short life, she lived it well. She was a college graduate and a Rosie the Riveter during WWII, attaching the fabric to the wings of fighter planes. Growing up without a mother (her mother died when she was three), she had to learn housewife skills after she was married including how to cook what was available to purchase with a ration card (once, she bought horse meat thinking it was a bargain piece of beef.) 

I’m most grateful for her extreme good sense to marry my dad, Leon Horn. He turned out to be the best dad anyone could hope for. In the eight years she was my mom she taught me many things by her example. For instance, she taught me how to entertain graciously, appreciate girlfriends, and have good manners. I don’t have the usual regrets like not having her at my wedding or the birth of my children. However, I wish I could have seen her dance, I wish she could know how wonderful her grandchildren turned out, and I wish we could go for a birthday lunch and I could order her lamb chops with mint sauce. 

Affirmation: I had a good mom.

Coaching questions: What are your favorite mom-memories? What are the most important lessons you learned from your mom? If your mom is still alive, have you told her lately that you love her?

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Heading to the Beach

The more often we see the things around us–even the beautiful and wonderful things–the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds–even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessman, church leader

I’m determined to NOT fall into Mr. Wirthlin’s quote…I’m determined NOT to take the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds and especially those I love for granted. When we moved to beautiful Marco Island, I was determined NOT to take one of the country’s most beautiful beaches for granted. Crescent Beach is breath-taking. I literally shed a tear when I first catch site of its vast crescent beauty. But, it’s been weeks and weeks since I’ve been there. Mr. Wirthlin is winning and today I’m fighting back. I’m up early, before the heat of the day, so I can walk the beach. I will NOT take the beauty around me for granted…much less the people in my life!

So often we have regrets regarding the loss of those we love. We mostly regret taking them for granted. We regret the infrequent visits, the harsh words, or the lack of caring. Beware of falling into Mr. Wirthlin’s quote.

Affirmation: I pay attention to the beauty and people around me.

Coaching questions: What/who are you taking for granted? What can you do to change your behavior?