Lessons From Mom

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

- Washington Irving

Is it possible to give your mother a gift that adequately reflects all she has done for you? We may buy her flowers, chocolates or even beautiful jewelry on birthdays and Mother's Day, but these are mere trinkets compared to the gifts a mother provides her child, which are innumerable.

No material object can come close to reflecting what a mother provides her children. Love. Trust. Protection. Life.

I considered the inadequacy of my gifting attempts yesterday. As I hung up the phone after wishing my Mom a happy Mother's Day, I reflected on some of the things she has taught me, and how I applied her teachings to entrepreneurship and my life as an out gay man. Her lessons and "tough love" formed the foundation for the person I have become. I've tried my best to implement her advice, but I'm flawed; I would be a much better person if I could somehow remember to listen to her 100% of the time. These imperfections aside, here are my top three life lessons From Mom:

On The Value Of My Commitments: Mom taught me that nothing is more valuable in this world than my word. Even though I might find it easy to go back on a promise I made in order to meet a personal objective, she believes (as I do to this day) that my word (and others' ability to trust what I say) is more important than achieving any potentially short-sighted goal. We all make mistakes in life but endeavoring to live by your word is key.

On Not Quitting: Once I made a commitment, Mom made sure I saw it through and didn't t give up, regardless of the difficulties. Whether we were talking about my frustrations with a new business venture or the school track team that I desperately tried to quit a few weeks after joining, Mom made sure that I followed through with my goals and didn't abandon them when things got tough, all while instilling in me the importance of commitment in my activities.

On The Power Of Words: Words can be used to inspire or destroy, help or harm. Mom used to tell me to be careful, because once something came out of my mouth, it was impossible out [not sure what you mean here, it doesn't make sense] there. Once you speak it, you can't take it back.

So to my Mom and all the Moms out there, I hope you had a great Mother's Day. I hope you were loved and cared for and pampered in the way that you most enjoyed. Most of all, I hope you understand that the only way I (and other children) can possibly repay all you have given us is to work our hardest to become the type of person that you want us to be. I love you, Mom!