Meet my mom!
This incredible woman beat breast cancer last year and look at her now — she’s glowing! I just want to jump up and down when I look at these pictures — they make my heart beyond happy.
I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot this week. After her battle with cancer last year, Mother’s Day feels monumental this year. I’m so grateful for her.
If I could distill all her wisdom and grace into a single sentence, it would be this:
She makes people feel valuable.
I’ve noticed it countless times over my life.
With her fellow teachers. With her students. With her chemo nurses. With the checkout girl at the grocery. With her best friend. With someone she just met.
If someone is in her path, she’s going to give them the gift of being valued.
She’s been a teacher since I was in middle school, and I always remember how she’d befriend the “outsider” kids and, over the course of the school year, she’d let them know they were Valuable with a capital V.
You might think that it would be a complex and complicated process. But all it took were simple + small actions.
Stuff like making eye contact and smiling. Lending a listening ear for a few minutes. Following up to see how things were going. Remembering someone’s name. Remembering birthdays. Giving grace instead of jumping to conclusions.
Those simple + small actions added up over time and made a big difference.
And you know what’s amazing? To this day, her previous students will still come up to her + hug her + thank her for changing their lives.
It’s amazing. And it makes me so proud.
So now — when I’m out and about, doing my daily life stuff — I ask myself:
How can I value people today?
And I think of my mom. <3
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So tell me, what’s your favorite thing your mom ever taught you?
P.S If you want a bonus post today, head over to the Cladwell blog where I wrote a guest post: 11 ways to repurpose your unwanted clothes