We at Levo would not have gotten very far in life without our mothers. They assisted in raising us into mature women while still keeping the dream alive within us. Not to mention, they continuously encouraged us to be brave and stand up for what we believe it’s right even when the going gets tough. As Mother’s Day rapidly approaches on May 11th, we decided to ask some of our writers what the best advice their mother ever gave them was.
A mother’s love is incomparable to any other feeling in the world. Mothers always show their children, unconditional love. I am grateful to have an incredible mother who loves me unconditionally. Even though I am an adult, she is still my number one fan, and copy editor, and has become my closest friend.
The way my mom lived her life has inspired the woman I am today. One of the best lessons she taught me was to treat others with kindness and respect, just as you would want to be treated yourself. The “golden rule” originally learned from my mother became clear to me when I was 6 years old and didn’t want to include the girl living next door in my play date. I originally thought that she was too introverted and would not mesh well with my current friends. However, my wise mother asked me how I would feel if I were outside playing by myself while watching my neighbor play with her own friends. Reluctantly, I decided to go ask her to play. Now, I understand why my mother gave me this advice.
After more than two decades of practice, I have become a great friend, and I owe it all to my mom’s sound advice. Although I was never the best student or athlete when I was younger, I learned the importance of kindness and became everyone’s friend.
My friends will say, “I don’t know anyone who has more friends than you.” I have different groups of friends that I love dearly, and I always make an effort to keep in touch with them. They are all such special people to me, and you never know when you might need a friend. I was lucky enough to inherit this quality from my mother. She has always been able to cultivate strong relationships with people from all different backgrounds. The best advice she ever gave me was also the easiest rule to follow: the golden rule.
Back when I started college and went to sorority recruitment,
I felt weird trying to market myself as a potential sister. Being a sister and on the other side of recruitment, I took it upon myself to speak with the more introverted girls. By placing myself in my employees’ shoes, I am able to more effectively communicate with them about performance or personal topics. This is a touchy subject, so I need to handle it with care and professionalism. Also, I want to be treated the same way by my manager as I treat them.
The golden rule is important for everyone to follow, especially in the business world. You should always treat others as you would want to be treated, whether it’s ordering coffee in the morning or delivering a poor performance review. By employing the golden rule, you will create relationships that are built on trust and mutual respect, just like I have with my mother. She is one of my best friends and I know that I can always count on her for advice and support. Thanks, mom! Because of our close bond, I now have many other friendships that have benefitted me in both my personal and professional life.