I posed the question in a recent survey sent to fifty family, friends and colleagues: What matters?
I based this question on this quote by Jonathan Kozol: "Pick battles big enough to matter and small enough to win."
Sleep On It
Mom was wise in so many ways. There are many phrases and sayings in my toolbox of life skills that are straight out of her mouth. The following are a few of the many expressions I learned from Miss Sammie.
When tomorrow comes...
None of us know what tomorrow will bring.
Although I try to be organized to a fault, even I realize I cannot plan the timing or nature of my death.
So much of life is a crap shoot. Despite having a deep faith and base of spirituality, I recognize that very little of life is within our control.
So why would death be any different? Death is a part of life.
Mom had a way of being both cut and dry and comfortingly tender about life and death issues. Some of her expressions that I think of to this day are...
“When it's your time to go, it's your time to go.” This was sometimes even accompanied by a, “You can't fight City Hall.”
“Keep your house ready. Always be prepared.” Through this attitude and mindset, I learned how to prioritize what truly matters.
For me, when someone or something is truly special to me, nurturing that relationship or issue is of utmost priority. In our family, this maternal attitude translated to stepping up when family and friends need us. I have learned that what matters is respecting the wishes of your loved one.
I believe there is a country and western song written about everything that matters. My selection for this week focuses on the every day things that can bring on the smiles, by Willie Nelson’s Little Things Mean a Lot.
Check out these responses from some of those I sent the questionnaire survey to, asking, "What matters most to you?"
How about you? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. This question shows how similar we are in our differences. As ever, thanks to those of you who have responded to some or all of my survey.
Until next week, wishing you peace and everything that truly matters to you,
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