The 5 Principles My Single Mom Taught Me About Life.



When I was 13 years old, my Father (I use that term loosely) drove out the end of our driveway and I never saw him again.

My Mother was a Waitress at a Truck Stop. We didn’t have much.

But what she imparted in me by example was phenomenal…


  1. Be Independent.

My Mom never took a DIME from the government. She believed that if she was able to work, she didn’t need it. So she did work…12 hour days, 6 and 7 days a week. She was as tough as nails and believed that you shouldn’t expect a hand out.

“Tim, to go wrong in your own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.”


  1. Be Kind to Others.

It was kind of a running joke in our family that if there were any stray Dogs, Cats or People, they would wind up at our house. My Mom was a Mother to 100’s of people. We usually had someone who was down and out staying at our home. She didn’t have much, but she always had enough to share.

“Tim, always be kind, because everyone you meet might be fighting a harder battle.”


  1. Be an Encourager.

My Mom would come into my room when she got home from work and thank me for helping with my Brother and Sister, thank me for cleaning the house and making the meals. She would then proceed to tell me what a great young man I was becoming and that I would make a great Father and Husband for someone one day.

“Tim, be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.”


  1. Don’t Whine.

Even though she was dealt a bad hand in life, my Mother never complained. She never spoke ill of my Father to me…although years later I found out she probably could have. She put her head down and moved forward.

“Tim, if you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem; you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.”


  1. Believe in Yourself.

My Mother believed that God put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. My Mother stated that when you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of character and a person of purpose, you can rise up out of any situation.

“Tim, follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.”


The quotes in bold are things I remember my Mom saying to me. I just wanted to give her a tribute here and let her know how much I appreciate and love her.


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