day 14 x 2Sunday is Mother’s Day. Here’s a photo of me and my mom 35 years ago. (Yes, I did have hair at one point and a cheesy moustache to go with it.) In this photo, my would have been a little younger than I am now.

After my mother died I found a newspaper article she had saved tucked in her Bible. I have no idea how old it is or who wrote it but it’s a great reminder to share for Mother’s Day.


MATURITY is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence or destruction.

MATURITY is patience, the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of long-term gain.

MATURITY is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project, or a situation In spite of opposition and discouraging setbacks.

MATURITY is unselfishness—responding to the needs of others, often at the expense of one’s own desires or wishes.

MATURITY is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse.

MATURITY is humility. It is being big enough to say, “I was wrong.” And, when right, the mature person need not say, “I told you so.”

MATURITY is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities, then do nothing.

MATURITY means dependability, keeping one’s word, coming through in a crisis. The immature are masters of the alibi—confused and disorganized. Their lives are broken promises, former friends, unfinished business and good intentions which never materialize.

MATURITY is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change.