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What My Mother Taught Me About Life: 30 Rules You Need To Hear

Chronic Evolution Issue 7

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Welcome to Issue 7 of the weekly Chronic Evolution newsletter, where I share mindfulness tips, tricks, and anecdotes to help you evolve your mindset in 5 minutes or less.

Today’s Issue is an ode to Mother’s Day. Let’s get right into it.

What My Mother Taught Me About Life: 30 Rules You Need To Hear

No one moved.

Bikers, runners, and dog walkers alike stayed stock-still.

We didn’t dare take another step forward. Partly because we were watching the scene before us unfold but also because we were afraid of what would happen if we got closer.

Geese can move quickly if they feel threatened, especially mother geese.

Nine baby goslings crossed the trail, bringing traffic to a halt.

Out for a Mother’s Day stroll, I watched the show with my own mother by my side. And I started thinking about the wisdom she’s imparted to me throughout life, first as a child and now as an adult.

Here are some quick soundbites from my mother’s teachings that I hope will help you feel just as seen, loved, and accepted as I have.

  1. Choose to see the good in people.

  2. Be grateful for all that you have and all that’s yet to come.

  3. Love people for who they are by embracing your similarities and respecting your differences.

  4. Look on the bright side.

  5. Quietness is not synonymous with shyness. Never forget the power of your quiet nature.

  6. Love isn’t about grand gestures. It’s about consistently showing up and being present.

  7. Be yourself, whatever that means to you.

  8. Wear sweatpants in public. If people judge you for it, they aren’t your people.

  9. Laugh at the little things. Because they aren't worth crying about.

  10. Never feel guilty for spending time reading a good book.

  11. Let it go. Tomorrow is a new day.

  12. Receive and give love unconditionally.

  13. Don’t buy clothes based on the size on the label, buy ones that fit and feel unapologetic about it.

  14. Smile at strangers and say hello to everyone you pass on the street.

  15. Treat yourself to the expensive latte. You’re worth it.

  16. Love whomever you want, and love deeply with all your heart.

  17. Give yourself time to grieve, then get up and keep moving.

  18. Your purpose in life is to be happy, not to make your parents happy. Get married, or not. Have kids, or don’t. Live close by, or move far away. Make those choices for yourself, not for anyone else.

  19. You’re going to mess up. But it won’t be the end of the world and has no bearing on how much you’re loved.

  20. Make time to go to the beach.

  21. Don’t make spur-of-the-moment decisions. Always sleep on it.

  22. If you need help, all you have to do is ask for it.

  23. Do what feels right. Even if it means making unexpected changes.

  24. Be kind to yourself and to others

  25. We are summer people. Summers are a time of magic, of undoing. Let the sand and the sea and the forest comfort you.

  26. Take your shoes off and feel the earth on your feet.

  27. You are perfect, just as you are.

  28. You don’t need to prove yourself. You’re already worthy of everything you want.

  29. Make time for the people and things you love.

  30. Life is short, eat the donuts.

This issue is dedicated to you, Mum. Thank you for laying my heart like an empty map in my hands and teaching me how to draw in the lines over time.


Mom, you worked hard and raised me well so that I may raise cats.

Greeting card, unknown author

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