Mama's wisdom has a little something for everyone
You know the things you always heard every day growing up. They drove you crazy as a kid. But as an adult, you found out how right mom actually was after all. You did need to learn how to clean your room and wash the dishes.
Well, the same goes for her other words of wisdom. These timeless momisms will make you grateful for her good advice. Here's a collection of familiar sayings that you should try to follow.
1. You think you know everything when you're young
How true is this? At 17, you thought you were invincible. You could drive fast, live on the edge and stay out all night. But there is always someone older than you who already went through the same thing. This goes hand in hand with listening to your elders.
2. Always say grace
Sure, most people in America share a wide variety of beliefs. Whatever they may be, having gratitude never hurts. Staying grateful for the food you have on the table is a great practice to pass down and keep. Always thank whoever made the meal.
3. Kill them with kindness
This one hurts the most. Remember coming home from school and venting about the mean kids? The last thing you want to hear is "Just kill them with kindness." Of course, there's a time to address conflict. However, this practice shows you're in control. Plus, they'll feel the burn much more than you think.
4. If you don't have anything nice to say...
You know how this one ends. The critic is a necessary evil - they make things better. However, you really don't want to be known as the person who's always complaining about someone or something. Try keeping you mouth shut when gossip starts flying. It's a good habit to practice.
5. Don't judge a book by its cover
Most people don't do it with literature, so why would you with people? If everyone started practicing this momism, the world would probably be rid of a lot of misunderstandings. People aren't always what they seem. Remember that the next time someone is rude. Like mom said, you never know what they're going through.
6. Turn that frown upside down
Frowning works more muscles than a smile. Still, people walk around looking pretty glum all the time. Try looking a little more chipper. Breathe in the fresh air and show some teeth. You don't know whose day will be brightened by it.
7. Actions speak louder than words
For all you career driven people, this one goes a long way. Many people can promise to do things or have good ideas, but not everyone carries them out. Being a person of action who keeps their word goes a long way in the professional world. Plus, you'll make your mama very proud.
8. Listen first, speak second
You know the people - they're the first to speak and the last to speak. It's difficult to get a word in the conversation. You don't want to be that person. Try not to dominate conversations. You never know what you might learn if you simply listen more than speak.
9. You never know what today will bring
Have you ever had a serendipitous moment? You know, when something great happens out of nowhere. Like you mix up your coffee order with someone who ends up being amazing. Stay positive and let the day happen. You never know what it will bring, so be on the lookout.
10. Sticks and stones...
This one is hard to believe, especially when someone says something really cruel. No matter how painful words seem to be, they can't knock you down. Let them roll off your back and move on.
11. Turn the other cheek
If you grew up in the Bible Belt, then you've heard this biblical metaphor. If someone hits you, offer them the other cheek. Well, no need to go that far. Try not to lose your cool. If someone offends you or hurts you, let it go. Try not to walk around with it weighing you down.
12. It's about the journey
This saying should never get old. There are always new goals in life. You don't want to get to the end and realize you missed all the good stuff in between. This saying carries over to any age. It's about the journey, not the destination. Mom's definitely right on this one.
13. Don't be a know-it-all
As a youngster, if you often answered back with a quick quip or a sarcastic remark, you probably heard this. Even if you do have an opinion about most things, sometimes it's not always best to share it. No one likes a know-it-all. Even if what you're saying is true.
14. Practice forgiveness
This wasn't necessarily written in some cute rhyme, but it's true. Make a habit out of forgiving others. It will definitely lighten the load. Plus, you'll probably become a more peaceful person.
15. The grass is always greener...
It sure is. Especially in this day and age. There is always a new phone, film or electronic, and there always will be. Your neighbor or friend probably has it. But don't go through your life wishing you were in someone else's.