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Life Lessons from Loved ones that Keep Good Going

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Can you think of the most inspiring life lessons someone you love has taught you? The Keep Good Going Life Lessons are welcome nuggets of wisdom and insight that are derived from life experiences. They are often simple, but always profound because they touch on the truths that hold life together. They are personal (not social or community) good, about you and those close to you.

Keep Good Going is about the idea of perpetuating the personal good that positively affects everyone in your life (your family). Most of us have someone in our life that inspires us. And they help us to reach higher and achieve our dreams or personal goals. 

The “My Uncle’s Gift” video tells the story of how a young boy's dream to be a filmmaker was inspired by a gift from his uncle. It is always inspiring to see a simple gift that can encourage someone to reach for their dreams.

Life Lessons from my Mom

I have been inspired numerous times in my life. I don't have a world changing dream in my life. It's not like I'm dreaming to cure cancer, or solve world hunger or achieve world peace. Those would be nice. But my dreams are a little smaller. On a more personal level.

I have always loved to sing. My mom said I was singing as a baby. And I've sang ever since. But I remember I was inspired to sing by my Mom. She always sang at church. She sang at home. She always had classical music playing. And She sang in the church choir.

Because of her example; I joined my church choir when I was 8 years old. I joined every school choir I could join. My parents had each child take a piano class. But for me; my mom offered me a better gift. She let me have voice lessons in place of piano lessons. She supported me joining the upper level choirs in high school that required purchasing uniforms and such. She encouraged me to reach for my dreams.

Did I want to be a famous musician? Well; maybe a small part of me did at one point or another. But mostly I really wanted to improve the talent that God had bestowed on me. I loved to sing and I wanted to be skilled so I could enjoy it even more. I wanted to be able to sing lullabies to my future babies. To be a stronger singer in our church choirs. I wanted to understand music theory and write music.

By being an example, opening doors for me, and encouraging me to pursue my love of music and singing; my Mom gave me a very cherished gift. My voice and singing talent. My Mom gave me an amazing Life Lesson of encouraging a child's passion. Even if it isn't something that will develop into a career. But to encourage it; simply because they love it.

I hope to be able to be the open door for my own children with their own passions. Be it sports, science, math, music, drama, or whatever they are passionate about. I want to give them the same life lesson my mother offered me. I hope to Keep Good Going with my own kids by keeping doors open to their passions in life.

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Monday 14th of April 2014

This is such an inspiring post! This makes me think a lot about my daughter who loves to play her saxophone but hates to play the oboe... I have been having her do both for now, because she is SO good... maybe it's time I let her let the oboe go


Monday 14th of April 2014

Great post. Wow. There have been so many in my life that have influenced and taught me. I would have to say my mom is #1 on that list!

Ashley S

Monday 14th of April 2014

Love this post, and quite inspiring :)


Monday 14th of April 2014

I agree -- I'm totally imspired by how your mom chose to let you follow your passion. I hope to do that with my children!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All

Monday 14th of April 2014

I agree, our children need to be encouraged! My son loves music and we do all we can to encourage him to keep playing and keep learning.

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