A Mother’s Letter to My Family

Beloved Sons and Daughters, I love you enormously and I am very proud of each of you.

Please hold that thought top of mind and deep in your soul. You are my greatest legacy to this world; I will love you for eternity and beyond.

If I die tomorrow—and even if I don’t—please remember the following as my mothering legacy to you (and please forget all the times I lost my patience!).

  • Engage in the world with love and not with fear. You get back what you give out; love weaves the richest tapestry of life.
  • Pursue your dreams and seek exceptional mentors.
  • Seek not to lead for your own sake, but rather to help others.
  • Be an active creator rather than a passive user. You will be delighted with how interesting life becomes when you get out of the house and do something each day.
  • Make as much lemonade as possible with life’s inevitable lemons.
  • Work hard and play hard. Laugh, sing, dance and look for the best in each moment.
  • Relish good food and good company. Have as many family dinners as possible.
  • Be a life-long learner. Seek out great ideas and great performing and visual arts; these will nurture your intellect and soul.
  • Leave each place better than you found it.
  • Forgive each other.
  • Split my jewelry fairly and without too much angst. The sparkle inside you is far more valuable than the baubles.

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