Thanks, Mom

As we grow older, we realize the true value of the lessons we learned from our mothers. The things we once thought were trivial, like table manners or bed-making, now seem indispensable. But, more importantly, there are lessons our mothers taught us about relationships that we carry with us every day. Here are three relationship lessons that my mother taught me, which have helped me build lasting connections throughout my life.

Lesson #1: Always Be There.  One of the most valuable things my mother taught me about relationships is that it is essential to always be there for the people you love. Whether they need a listening ear or a helping hand, being present for the people you care about can make all the difference. This lesson has helped me be a more supportive friend, family member, and partner, and it has helped me build deeper, more meaningful relationships.

Lesson #2: Say “Thank You.”  Gratitude is an essential part of building strong relationships. My mother taught me that saying “thank you” is more than just good manners; it is an acknowledgement of the time, effort, and love that someone has put into something for you. Writing thank you notes has been a cornerstone of my relationships for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s for a birthday gift or for someone who has gone out of their way to help me, I always take the time to write a heartfelt note of thanks. Not only does it show the person how much I appreciate them, but it also helps me reflect on the positive people and experiences in my life.

Lesson #3: Listen More Than You Speak.  My mother has always been a great listener, and I learned early on the importance of this skill in building strong relationships. She taught me that listening is not just about hearing what someone is saying, but it is about being present, empathizing with their situation, and trying to understand where they are coming from. By listening more than we speak, we can gain deeper insights into the people we care about, and we can build stronger connections based on trust and mutual understanding.

These three lessons have been invaluable in my life, and I am grateful to my mother for teaching them to me. As I reflect on these lessons, I am reminded of how important it is to express gratitude, to be there for the people we care about, and to be good listeners. By practicing these skills every day, we can build stronger, more meaningful relationships with the people we love.

More than almost anyone, mothers have a wealth of wisdom when it comes to relationships. Whether it’s through their actions or words, they teach us how to build lasting connections with the people we care about. I am grateful for the lessons my mother has taught me, and I hope to continue passing them on to others. So, if you haven’t already, take a moment to thank your mother for all the valuable relationship lessons she has taught you.

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And… as Mother’s Day approaches, I just want to say, I love you, Mommy Char!  Thank you for all that you have taught me and the lessons you continue to impart every day. xoxo

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