Words shape our world, our experiences and our Journey through Life. The words we use on ourselves and others shape the way our brain organizes thought patterns and beliefs, and sends messages to the Universe about what is most important to our value systems and desires.
We soak up a great deal from the words of others as well. Remember the old line, “Garbage in, garbage out”? Well, it could also be switched to “Pearls in, pearls out. “Pay close attention to the words you are steeping your life tea in. They determine what you will drink in of life.
My mother is one of the wisest women I know. Her words are valuable words to live by all the time. I often feel as if I should be following my mother around with pen and paper, collecting the little pearls that drop unwittingly out of her mouth when she opens her mouth to speak. She is, after all, the hometown originator of CAN and WILL and BELIEVE. Although, as I have mentioned in that post, I had to go and pay good money to someone else to really understand the wisdom of those words.
Sometimes when a Mother speaks, it takes awhile for the children to grow up enough to listen. I’m old enough now to unashamedly think my mother is brilliant. Once, while speaking with my mother on the phone, we were discussing the subject of self-respect and the puzzlement of why a certain otherwise intelligent, creative, successful woman had such difficulty meeting nice men. I could hear my mother breath out an exasperated breath on the phone before she exclaimed somewhat impatiently, “Well, where does she meet them? You gonna find a mink coat in the Five and Dime?” Words to live by indeed.
In fact, those are words she raised me by. Along with, “If you want to be treated like a diamond, don’t act like a common stone. “ ( ahem…it took me awhile to listen to that one too.)
This morning, in a Facebook conversation she wrote out these important words: “People have a right to choose their path of destination. Even God will let you go to hell if that’s what you want. It’s all about choice. ” Amen… and a great reminder for whenever we are on the warpath to change anyone but ourselves.
My mother sees the world in interesting pictures. It has behooved me to finally listen. Just a few more “Bobbi LaBelle’s Words of Wisdom” include:
- You want to be treated like a diamond, don’t act like a stone.
- Your mother may love you but no one else has to. Be nice or be lonely.
- The only thing CAN’T ever did was sit down and DIE.
- People who are bored are boring. Find something that interests you and you will become interesting to others.
She has many, many others. I have decided I really do need to follow her around and collect them up into a book of Wisdom Tidbits from Mothers. We really should pay more attention.
Mothers aren’t the only ones out there spewing out fountains of brilliant advice. We could save ourselves so much time and heartache if we would learn from others instead of being the hard-headed types who felt the need to re-invent all of the mistakes by ourselves. ( Note: I have a PhD from the school of Hard Knocks because I didn’t listen to other experts’ pearls of wisdom enough)
Some of the ones I wish I had paid more attention during my younger side of life rather than on the Wack On the Side of the Head side of Life are:
Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all the others. ~Cicero
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire. ~Fred Shero
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great. ~Mark Twain
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Teresa
Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have. ~Zig Zigler
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.~Jim Rohn
Life is Difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. One we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it- then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters. ~M. Scott Peck, MD
OK, now it is your turn. In the comments below, share your favorite “Words of Wisdom”. What have you learned from others, or your own journeys through life that you would like to add to our Words of Wisdom?
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Kari Whittington says
Wendi, you asked, “Do you like this article?” LOVE IT!! The following “words of wisdom” resonate with me today. Couldn’t tell ya who said them EXCEPT the first one. I remember my Dad used to say “God helps those who help themselves”. As a child, I never understood what he meant by that but I knew it MUST be important somehow because after all, my DAD said it and it seemed important to HIM. Little did I know how relevant those words would be in my journey in this thing called life. I am now in-visioning you walking around with a notepad and pen…. right behind your Mom…. lol!!
“God helps those who help themselves, do nothing and nothing will happen””
There is a GOD and I am not it.””
Every day is not 100% however, it is a 100% better than my best day of drinking”
“Negativity is my disease asking me to come out and play.
“Where ever you go, there you are!”
Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.”
Aly Pain says
Bar none, this is my fav and one I just sent to a client yesterday. It is so deeply applicable to my current journey as well as I grow into loving myself wholly. Thank you Marianne Williamson.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Kimberly Eldredge says
I had a mentor and investor in my first business who was always giving words of wisdom. One year for Christmas, I called his wife and daughters and we collected a box of “Les-isms” for him.
Some are wise, some are funny, but they were all uniquely him!
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Alicia Henderson says
Your mother definitely gave words of wisdom. I always say, “If you want to have friends you must show yourself friendly” to my daughter. I love the pearls that only mother’s can give. They provide a lesson and in their wisdom show you that you are loved.
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Elaine Wellman says
I wish I could meet your mother Wendi! Now I know why you are so WISE yourself.
I must disagree with one point though. You wish you would have paid attention to these pearls of wisdom when you were younger. If you had been born knowing this wisdom to be true … you wouldn’t be who we love today. We all had to go through those experiences to understand their meaning and importance. Perhaps Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama were born knowing … but the rest of us get to experience the tough situations that foster our growth and shape us and provide us with the perspective to appreciate the great times.
Thanks for sharing.
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