Mom’s Wisdom

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Charlies & the Choclate-Factory Truth be told, I’ve always been a smartass. And the best advice my Mom ever gave me was that my mouth was going to get me into a trouble one day. Problem is that I ignored this advice for more than 20 years.

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Not that I wasn’t reminded of it from time to time (or maybe more often than that) when I found myself in situations that I could have avoided if only I hadn’t said that sarcastic remark, or expressed my unsolicited opinion, or commented on absolutely everything.

I spent my childhood, my teens and my twenties spouting off whenever I felt like it without a care about what the impact was.

And in the end Mom was right. I was miserable. And I was not a fun person to be around.

I have blogged about this before, but for those of you who haven’t been around these parts for very long I will share the story of how my life changed more than 11 years ago. April 2002.

I woke up one day and said to myself, “It is exhausting being you. Get over yourself and just be happy.”

And I did.

I stopped needing to be right all the time. I stopped remarking on absolutely everything. I decided that me and my big mouth were just going to be happy.

I am no angel. I am known for being assertive and having an opinion, but I also choose the time, place and environment. It is not a 24/7 thing, it is focused and used when it needs to be.

Ultimately, I try to focus on the positive and have a good time.

And it has worked. Or at least is has for the last decade and more.

That’s the thing about a Mom’s wisdom, you may not understand or accept it immediately, but when you finally do, you are very thankful that she gave it to you.

That is the best advice my mother ever gave me. And don’t you think pure wisdom like that should be shared with others? I do!

I’ve teamed up with Nestlé® Pure Life® to talk about the best advice mothers ever gave you. Whether your mother told you this or not, these days we all know the importance of drinking a lot of water. For your health, for your beauty routine and for your waistline.

It’s something I learned while I was working in Switzerland and living in France. All my female co-workers (and my mother-in-law when I visited her) drank water all day long. Using beautiful glasses or carafes to make it as pleasurable as possible. They may have drank way to much coffee, but they also drank a ton of water as well.

I am making a concerted effort to drink a lot of water! I bought a great refillable bottle (red of course) and carry it with me all over the office all day. I do the same at home and it really helps me when I am watching my weight (which I am currently doing). I feel better and I sleep better, and I snack less.

When it comes to wisdom, sometimes it’s better to give than receive, so share your favorite words of wisdom, I’d love to hear them!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the Nestlé® Pure Life®  Facebook page for #momswisdom and show your support for hydration this summer. There are lot of great conversations around the importance of water plus lots of tips about everything under the sun from mothers and non-mothers alike!

16 Comments

  1. heather breyer
    June 21, 2013

    My mom would always say don’t do as i’ve done, do as I tell you . She always wanted us kids to be better then she was. But it was mostly said about her tattoo, just because she had one didn’t mean we had to have one, same wtih smoking.

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  2. Ann
    June 22, 2013

    love love that picture. It reminds me of my childhood days.

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  3. Nikki Lynn Hanna
    June 22, 2013

    I can totally relate…I say stuff sometimes without even thinking…I think everyone does at some point. The best advice my mom every gave me was just to be yourself, if someone doesn’t like you, its not the end of the world, just find someone else who does and be their friend. 🙂

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  4. Dayna Janzen
    June 22, 2013

    You know what the saying I most heard from BOTH my parents……”little girls should be seen and not heard Dayna!”
    I guess you could say I was a bit mouthy too!

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  5. Marie
    June 23, 2013

    Very great and I totally agree.

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  6. Donna
    June 23, 2013

    I’m always happy that my child is able to share their opinions with me but it’s hard letting them see the boundary between appropriate and inappropriate. Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. Julie
    June 23, 2013

    I’ve definitely tried to take a more positive approach on life and I can honestly say that I’m more happier.

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  8. Helga
    June 24, 2013

    I was a smart mouthed kid too. My poor mom!

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  9. ellen beck
    June 24, 2013

    It’s easier said tan done to change a habit of any kind and like you I had (and still have ) a smartmouth. I have over the years learned to pick my battles and that was one of the things my Mom advised me to do.

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  10. Linda
    June 25, 2013

    I was definitely THat kid!

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  11. Ellie
    June 28, 2013

    The best advice I got from my Mom was the Golden Rule from the Bible: Do to others as you would have them do to you. -Luke 6:31. I avoided all kinds of problems when I would honor this.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 3, 2013

      @Ellie, that is still a really, really good one!

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  12. “You get what you get & you don’t pitch a fit.” Oh the musings of a single mom!
    ♥Chania

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2013

      @Chania, that is a good one! And one that would help lots of kids prepare for adulthood!

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  13. Gina Brickell
    July 18, 2013

    I really wish I could be more like that.. I hope that I’m not a miserable person, but I do enjoy stating my opinion when I feel strongly about something.

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  14. Brandi Price
    July 23, 2013

    I love this post for it’s honesty. I find that I relate a lot to this post.

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