By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
It has been said that you don?t miss something until it is gone.
Many times, the loss is painful. With Mother?s Day quickly approaching, thoughts take me back to my mother. I was lucky in a sense that I had two mothers, a birth mother and an adoptive mother. I never met my birth mother, she died when she was 29 and I didn?t learn about her until many years later.
My adoptive mother is also gone, 20 years gone. My mother would have been a rarity in today?s society. She was a stay-at-home mother so we enjoyed a lot of bonding time. I learned so many things from her and I remember the times we shared as some of the best moments in my life. She instilled in me some awesome values and pointed me down the right side of the street. It was up to me on whether I chose to walk that path and while I may have taken a couple of detours along the way, I could always find that path again.
Bryan Golden is a self-development expert, syndicated columnist and professor. Over the years, several of his writings have appeared in my column. Today one of his better columns (in my opinion) ?Life?s Lessons from Your Mother? follows.
Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfortunately, most of us were too young to really appreciate their value. Mother?s Day is a great time to review the following advice you got when you were a kid.
You can be whatever you want to be.
You have no limitations. The whole world is open to you. Your future is ahead of you. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. It?s ok to dream.
Be nice to your friends and they will be nice to you.
People respond to the way you treat them. If you are mean and selfish, no one will want to play with you. Share your toys and don?t be a bully. Be considerate of the feelings of others.
Do your homework and you will get good grades.
Success takes work. If you don?t put in the effort, you won?t reap the rewards. Those who work hard will succeed.
Clean your room now.
Get things done today and you won?t have to worry about them. If you let things pile up, it will be difficult to catch up.
You can play once your chores are done.
Get your work done before you take a break. Then you can relax and have a good time.
Stay in school.
If you don?t get an education, your opportunities will be limited. Don?t drop out of school. The more you learn, the more you benefit.
Sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you.
It doesn?t matter what other people say. Don?t allow others to upset you. There will always be mean people. Don?t pay attention to them.
Don?t waste your time.
Time goes by very fast. Don?t wait to pursue your dreams.
Be thankful for what you have. There are many who are not as fortunate as you. Be grateful for your home and family. It doesn?t matter what someone else has.
Whining is annoying. If you have something to say, say it. If you complain all the time, no one will want to listen to you.
By the time you read this, the ?royal wedding? will be over. That is good because the news coverage of it will, too. Nothing against the British, but the coverage the wedding has received is a prime example of media ?overkill.?