I have been putting this woman off for a while now- i have wanted the post to be perfect because she is near perfect. There is so much to say about her and I had been struggling to know what I could say with out going on and on. but these 3 words have come to my mind about her…
Do your best
This is what this women, my mother- Marcia, always taught me, and she could because she was the ultimate example of steadfastly doing her best. She is the type of person that runs as fast as she can let me explain…
Us nine children of my mom, often have a natural tendency to run only half as fast as what we are capable of doing. Meaning in life we only do things half-heartedly, not really giving our all to everything we do. BUT, growing up my sweet mother told us through her words and actions to run as fast as we could. We were to be:
punctual- our time was not more important than other,
honest- If we did not clean the often missed corners of the floor when we mopped it was told to us we were being dishonest because it was not the whole floor,
forgiving- not holding a grudge and saying sorry,
loving- people are important not our possessions.
humble- don't let money, pride or materialism get in the way
Service- mostly through her quite example, we learned the valuable lesson of service
And much more- but these little things that seem insignificant created high standards for us and those bigger conflicts in life were easier for us because we knew what was expected of us.
Many times we get into the habit of ‘thinking’ we are doing our best- but are we being completely honest?
I will tell you my mother could say that she tries her best everyday. She lives as if the Lord was by her side, watching. I have never heard an excuse come from her mouth about being too tired, too discourage, or too busy to live up to her standards. She doesn’t have to tell the Lord to be there at ten o’clock and she’ll turn up when ever she wants. Nor does she have the excuse of being too tired or too busy to talk to the person that she doesn’t quite get a long with, or with someone who might be in distress. She is the first to talks to the person who is is alone and doesn't have the luxury of popularity.She studies the things she should and makes sure its done- she gives up the extra sleep, or something enjoyable to ensure she has really studied and meditated. She doesn’t change her standards according to the crowd she finds herself within- she knows the Lord is watching.
She absolutely does her best and as a result has a plethora of qualities that are astounding. In fact, not too long ago I wrote down a list of qualities that she possesses that I one day would hopefully develop – and let me tell you, that list is long and I will be lucky to acquire half. And the reason for her long list of talents and qualities is that she has taken her original talents and has persistently done her best to create many more. For example, she is now learning the violin, painting, learning other languages and is constantly reading to expand her mind.
Because of my mothers example, she has taught her children that it will not be enough for us to be a competent teacher, a proficient dentist, a skilled engineer or whatever it is we become. We will have another aspect in our life that is more important- that is of knowing we did our best throughout our entire lives in all aspects of our lives. And through our best we have truly strengthened and touched those people around us.
I love my mom and so do many others, especially those that hardly know her but yet, she has stepped in as the best friend they have needed in those critical moment.
There is just too many things to say about her because she thinks of everything and is the most well rounded person i know- and I hope you truly understand me when I say she runs as fast as she can, making sure not one minute is wasted.
Mom you are my confidant, best friend, my example, my role model, and i love you.
look how neat- she graduate in front of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Since she was a world traveler, for Halloween one year she dressed us up in her authentic clothing..