I’m taking a wee detour from the Love Dare today … there’s no real reason apart from the fact I’ve been thinking about “family” today. It has been a quiet, lazy day in the GG HQ and it’s been much appreciated, I’ve enjoyed having time for reflection.
It’s now over fourteen years since Mr GG & I tied the knot. We’ve had many, many good times along the way sprinkled with heartaches that have, I believe, drawn us closer. One thing has been missing from our marriage however and that is the presence of my mother-in-law, Pam.
Pam died three years before Mr GG & I became a couple so I never had the benefit of her wisdom or ever really knew her well … I feel the poorer for that. Anyone who knew my mother-in-law speaks highly of her … she was kind, loving, wise and loved her Lord.
A wee while back Mr GG found a piece of paper somewhere (I think in his Mum’s Bible but I’m not altogether certain about that) on which she’d written a list of “sayings” … it’s been stuck on the wall in our kitchen for months but now I think it’s time to record her words … a piece of paper is easily lost! So, here goes:
- Make the best of all that comes and the least of all that goes.
- Children need models more than they need critics.
- Only a child can catch a raindrop or see any value in puddles.
- Don’t count your years … make your years count.
- If a man sees both sides of a problem you know that none of his money is tied up in it.
- The reason a dog has many friends is because he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
- Some people live by the “sheep syndrome” – nobody wants to be first to do anything.
- The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do.
- Success comes in cans, not in can’ts.
- Giving our best today is the recipe for a better tomorrow.
- So often we seek a change in our conditions, what we need is a change in our attitudes.
- Why can’t life’s big problems happen when we are teenagers and know everything?
- What you see often depends on what you are looking for.
- As I grow older I pay less attention to what people say, I just watch what they do.
- Happiness consists not in possessing much but in being content with what we possess.
- How well you like hard work often depends on whether you are doing it or paying for it.
- The trouble with experience is that it usually teaches you something you didn’t really want to know.
- Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- Ideas bring in nothing unless carried out.
- A house is built by human hands, a home is built by human hearts.
- More knowledge enters your head through open ears than through an open mouth.
- There are two lasting bequests we can give our children, roots and wings.
- One of the greatest labour saving devices of today is tomorrow.
- The vision to see, the faith to believe and the will to do, will take you anywhere.
- You’ll be happier if you give people a bit of your heart than a piece of your mind.
My mother-in-law had a heart for her family and for the people around her … that, I believe, is clear in the sayings that she felt were important enough to record. I love having this little bit of Pam’s wisdom in my home … I feel sad that I didn’t know her but like to think that she has an influence on my life none-the-less.