The Secret in the Hidden Note

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Lately I’ve been wanting to talk to my late mom about my life situations.

On Sunday morning I came across an old file and found a card from my mom.

The Hallmark card words said 

The secret to coping is to always look on the positive side! Like, if you’re ever in quicksand, you could say, “Hey! People can no longer see my thighs!” 

There were two small pieces of paper tucked inside. They were handwritten inspirational quotes. Her personal note in the card said, 

The words are from people so much smarter than me. They teach lessons in such a simple and profound way! I love you with all my heart! Even from the other side I’ll be there for you. I promise!”

The quotes she enclosed were on stationary headed ” Life was so much easier when it was just Dick, Jane, & Spot.”

And the quotes:

“Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying Peace, Health, & Love.”
“Take your troubles and teach them to swim rather than drowning them.”
“LIFE: When it’s GOOD it’s wonderful! When it’s BAD, it’s experience.”

And my favorite, which went right into me like an arrow of wisdom:

There is a secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that we can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Thanks, Mommy for keeping your promise to be with me from the other side. Very clever of you to send me to that old file to find your messages. I’m sharing this with my friends.

Maureen McElroy
Mo has secret parent diaries and stashing away thousands of lessons and experiences raising three daughters. Since they are college graduates, married with great guys, and are superb human beings she felt it was safe to call herself an expert, a successful mother or someone who may be worth listening to. Mo says, “If I can save one night’s sleep, one argument, one sneak out, or moment of insecurity, or increase the number of hugs in a family, my mission will be accomplished.”
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