“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can win.”
― Vince Lombardi
Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, and sometimes it takes longer than you think it would just to survive the game.
My mother was laid to rest this past Saturday and I know she was a survivor. She wasn’t the strongest, and she certainly wasn’t the fastest, but she was the one who believed she could. And pretty much, what she believed she could do, she did.
Both of my parents had very interesting childhood experiences. They, along with their parents, survived–possibly even flourished–during the great depression. During the worst economic setbacks this country has ever faced, my parents each learned skills and attitudes which survive in their children today.
They taught us to be true to ourselves, and in that, being true to others would be effortless.
They taught us honesty was always the best policy, and if we were honest with ourselves–even when we found the truth difficult or unpleasant— our lives would be easier in the long run.
They showed us the importance of family. Even in this day and age, my family is a close-knit one, and for that I will be forever grateful.
My father died while most of my siblings were still quite young, but my mother carried on, the best she knew how, constantly reminding us all of how much she and my father valued education and faith above all else, since neither could be stolen or destroyed, or simply wear out like so many worldly things valued by others.
My parents did not insist on blind subservience to a given religion, but a simple belief that god was there and would guide us as we needed to be guided. They asked that we respect others, follow god’s commandments, and always obey the golden rule, always treating others in the manner we wished to be treated.
I have six surviving siblings. They are all professional people who serve as excellent examples of what a simple and straightforward approach to life can provide.
And I know that my siblings are all very proud of their offspring, as am I,raised with those same values, which still work, even in this day and age.
So if you’re young, value the wisdom of age and the attitude of resilience, and if you’re not young, admire the ability to focus on the goal, but if you’re a dreamer, much like my mother, value the dreams and the goals you wish to pursue and know that the race doesn’t go the fastest or the strongest by to the person who can stay the course.
For you Roseanne, God Bless.