This Mother’s Day, I took the time to reflect on what I learned over the years from my mother, who happened to be bipolar. Almost everything seemed to come down to the following five things:
1. Laugh often. Laugh hard.
Life is tough. When something makes you laugh, squeeze it for all its worth. Afterward, things won’t seem so bad.
2. Don’t judge others.
If Mom could be weird but mostly wonderful, others could be, too. Give them the benefit of the doubt.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Very few things in life are so important that you can’t take a break from them for a cup of coffee with a friend.
4. Forgive completely.
Even the worst offenders can sometimes redeem themselves. If they don’t, forgive them anyway and move on. At least you’ll be done with them.
5. Love unconditionally.
Our time here is short. The time we get to spend with our loved ones is even shorter. Make sure they know you love them no matter what they say or do.