When Nivea contacted me with the idea of a ‘mum was right’ campaign, the timing was perfect.
The night prior, I spent an hour on the phone to my mum, getting a healthy dose of her straight shooting ‘life coaching’.
I’d just had a squabble with my partner and called my mother for some indignant validation…. and of course, mother took his side.
She has been telling me for eons that it’s sometimes better to bite your tongue, pick your battles and let things go. Instead, I’d turned into a ‘problem anthropologist’, unearthing every imperfection in the way my partner, friends or even colleagues were being.
Gist is, I didn’t even know I was doing it.
Mum has been warning me since I was a young child about my ability to pick incessantly at things. That my life would be easier if I learn to relax and let things go.
It all went over deaf ears until this moment, when someone close to me was affected by my behaviour. And when I was faced with the prospect of hurting a loved one through my blinded actions, the wisdom of my mum came tumbling over me like a welcome waterfall.
My mum was right about many things:
– That I should always write down when bills are due
– That certain outfits just don’t go together
– That silence can be better than words
But not so more than the lesson of finding the humanity inside and allowing things to be imperfect.
As a result, I had a total paradigm shift around my relationship and things are happy, noble and smooth sailing.
This Mother’s Day, I invite you to observe how you interact with your mother – and that perhaps it’s time to bring some more of her sage words into your life.
And I bet, things will positively shift and you’ll find yourself saying with me…
Mum was right.
This was a sponsored post by Nivea, yet musings and confessions are my own. Hear other inspiring stories that honour mums via #MumWasRight.