When my Mom was in her early 50s and I was still in high school, out of the blue she had a very debilitating stroke. After this, she was a woman of few words. But... when they came out, and when they came out correctly, they really meant something to all of us.
Fast-forward a handful of years, my husband and I had little ones and I was chatting on the phone with my mom. It was one of those 'witching hours' when the kids were screeching and spinning out of control. If you have kids, you may be familiar with this time of day. :) I needed a little mom advice from my Mom to help them get in line before I pulled out all of my hair.
Over the phone, and very clearly, my Mom said, "Lisa, if you don't discipline your children, then who will?"
I knew she was right. The kids mellowed out and gentle parenting did the trick. However, nearly 20 years later... those words still resonate deep within me. It's not just about our children ~ these words can be applied to just about everything.
As we move ahead, there are bumps and dips in the road that we navigate over and around. These few words can so easily and effectively be brought into our daily lives.
I ask you this... if you don't discipline your self, then who will? This is about taking care of us ~ you and me. It's about making healthy choices. It's about finding the joy in the every day things. It's about thinking and living positively. It's about taking time to do what counts, while still being disciplined in what it is that we're set out to do.
My Mom has been gone for some years, but these few simple words have stayed with me and mean so much. Thanks, Mom.