As children, our mothers often reminded us to eat our vegetables, use proper manners, and look both ways before crossing the street. They helped us pursue our dreams and face our fears. After spending precious time with my family and loved ones this past weekend, I reflected on the best advice that my grandmother used to give me. I also reached out to the rest of the VTLO team to hear their thoughts on what words of wisdom have guided them through life’s toughest challenges.
“Get up, get dressed, and get involved.” —Brigs, Elisa’s mother
“Go ahead and give it a try. If it doesn’t work out, you can stop.” —Ethel, Carol’s mother
“That’s another hurdle in the race of life.” —Joan, Linda’s mother
“Everything you need is within you. Get going.” —Ethel, Barbara’s mother
“You don’t have anything to prove to anybody… except to yourself.” —Nella, Patty’s stepmother
“Make sure you get an education and the skills you need to be able to always support yourself.” —Ann, Pat’s mother
“You get more with honey than vinegar.” —Cleda, Richelle’s grandmother
“Treat everyone you meet with respect, no matter who they are, how they’re dressed or if they’re different than you.” —Judy, Allen’s mother
“You can have anything you want in life… you just have to tell yourself that you can do it.” —Cindy, Vanessa’s mother
“Always be yourself, and never give in to peer pressure. It’s easy to give in, and follow the crowd. Real strength comes from following your own path, and being true to yourself.” —Patricia, Charles’s mother
“Did you pray about it?” —Regina, Jill’s grandmother
What’s the best life advice that you’ve received?