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Encore Quotes – Random Reflections

Think about it for a while.  Are the things that were important to you when you were younger really the same things that are important today?  Do we finally figure out that the most important things in life are not things?  I hope you have a wonderful weekend collecting experiences!

Lynn

Encore Quotes – Random Reflections

We just returned from a trip to Northern California and Lake Tahoe.  One of my favorite things about travel is that you get to share the adventure!  There are a couple more posts to come.  Maybe the upcoming weekend will provide you with stories to tell…

Lynn

Photo credit: Jacob Nolan ~ Freeimages

Encore Quotes: Random Inspirations

I have found this to be true about many things on the Encore Voyage. From getting up in the morning, to working on paid projects – everything changes when the task is something for which you have a bit of passion!  So what is it you really want to do today?  Do that thing! Enjoy your weekend!

Lynn

Photo credit: Skeeze – Pixabay

Encore Quotes – Random Reflections

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I want to wish all you moms and nanas out there a very special day.  This quote is so true.  I owe my confidence and sassiness to my own mom, and my appreciation of a positive attitude to Jeremy’s wonderful mother.  She NEVER made me feel like anything but the perfect choice for her son.  And even though they’ve both passed away (mine several years ago, and Jeremy’s just last year) I still listen to them both nearly every day!  Do you?

Happy Mothers Day!

Lynn

Life is Good!

Jeremy’s mom passed away last year.  She had just celebrated her 100th birthday on the fifth of February.  She was an amazing lady, and I am so grateful to her for raising the kind, considerate son with whom I get to share my life.  With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, I wanted to share just a bit about her.

Before she retired, mom was a teacher.  I have always said that mom led such a long life because God was keeping her here on earth to show the rest of us how we should live.  You see, I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone!  I never heard her say anything unkind to my father-in-law while he was alive.  It seemed as if she never really entertained less than positive thoughts!  She approached her life with the motto, “Life is Good!”

Life is Good

Even in the last year, as she became non-ambulatory and required the care of a skilled nursing facility, she did not complain or grumble.  Surely, body parts must have hurt.  She had fallen and broken a hip with its resulting surgery, but she pretty much kept her discomforts to herself.  She preferred to present an outward facade that life is, indeed, good!


In thinking about all we learn from our moms, I have come to realize how fortunate I have been. How lucky I am to be able to have a flexible work schedule on my own terms.  I love our home and its location, which gives us uncomplicated access to nearly everything we need.  I love that I have time to pursue music, books, exercise, travel and crafts.  While we are certainly not wealthy, we have enough. Jeremy and I share a love and commitment that is strong enough to walk through anything.  We are surrounded by family and good friends.


As Mother’s Day approaches I realize how much I learned from Jeremy’s mom – she was the consummate teacher. The most gratifying moment for any teacher is that moment when “the light bulb” goes on.  It’s that time when the kid finally “gets it” and can continue to do the work on his own.

 

Well mom, our light bulb has gone on…Your lesson has been well taught and now it is up to us to keep doing the homework.  It is up to us to keep trying to emulate your principles:

A steadfast refusal
to give voice to negativity

and

A constant grateful spirit

 

I hope the rest of us will be able to go forward practicing these lessons which you have spent a lifetime demonstrating for us.  I know I, for one, will be forever grateful for your loving influence, and I hope that I can do justice to carrying forth the mantra that you so genuinely expressed nearly every day:

Life is Good!

Lynn