Today TGIM stands for thank gods it’s mothers day! As with most people my mom Elizabeth has had a primary impact on my development and life. We had a very un-Hallmark mothers day- no cards, a casual lunch out of the refrigerator, and very little stress or drama.
On the drive back from Philly I contemplated the major life lessons my mom instilled in me through her words and actions. They are in no particular order;
-Always be yourself. Live according to your beliefs and values. Do not change yourself to “fit in” or please other people.
-Live a physical life- my mom always walked everywhere she could, follows a Jane Fonda exercise tape daily (that tells you how long she has been doing it!), and stay as active as possible.
-Have a reason to get out of bed. My mom has always been passionate about different causes- pro peace during the Vietnam war, gender equality during the feminist movement, and anti- nuclear proliferation currently.
-Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and what you believe in. Speaking your mind strengthens your passion even if the other person may disagree with you.
-Treat every other person with respect and love- we are all in this together!
Thanks Mom! Dr Matt
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