I am proud of my Mom for many reasons, but for purposes of this post I am concentrating on one — technology. While in her 70’s, she embraced technology and won. She learned how to use a desktop computer with all the bells and whistles, a laptop, and has now conquered an iPad. She even signed up for a Facebook account, although she hasn’t jumped in and made the commitment by adding friends or sending out status updates. She e-mails, shops, plays mind stimulating games, surfs the web, researches topics of interest, took an extensive online course and faithfully reads her daughter’s blog even after living every detail of the spinal cord injury and hearing about Dr. Liar over and over again. In fact, I believe she is one of the first to read each post once it hits the blogosphere. She even prints a copy for my technologically challenged Dad to read, who keeps a copy of each post by his recliner (since this is post 76, I should probably invest in a nice binder for his collection).
Mom and I regularly send each other e-mails regarding recipes, political humor, shopping suggestions and inspiration messages. In fact, a few days ago Mom sent me the following e-mail entitled ‘Layman’s 10 Commandments’ and when I read it, I knew I wanted to share it with the readers of My Unplanned Life. I think Mom would be proud if I could follow these commandments on a daily basis and into my 70’s. I hope as technology continues to advance I will have the ability and willingness, like Mom, to master new things, keep my mind active, and be brave enough to explore following her example. Thank you Mom…you inspire me and have been a great teacher!
Layman’s 10 Commandments:
1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” you pull out when in trouble, but more like a “steering wheel” directing the right path throughout.
2. Why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
4. All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
5. Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!
6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!
7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.
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