The Best Things in Life Really ARE Free!

A week or so before Mother’s Day, I sent my three children the following email:

GOOD Morning Children!
In case you are wondering what to get your Mombo for Mothers’ Day, a Love List from each of you would make me VERY happy. For various reasons, all of you have limited funds this year, and I would feel really great about you NOT spending any of it on me 😛 .
I then sent them a PDF of a Love List template from my friend Sherry Richert Belul.

My son, who completed his third year of college (with flying colors, I might add!) the day before, wrote me the most heart-felt, three-page letter I have EVER received. Three weeks later, I still cannot read it through with dry eyes. Here’s a snippet…

“Thank you for being a friend when you knew I needed you to be a friend and a parent when I didn’t know I needed you to be a parent….I am so proud of the work you do, because if you’re able to share even a fraction of the power of perspective with your clients that you’ve shared with us, there is’t a big enough paycheck in the world to compensate you for it.”

ImageOne of my daughters gave me a “50 Days of HAPPY!” jar. In it, are 50 strips of paper, containing inspirational quotes, with a sentence or two of how they relate to me or us. Here is the first one I pulled out:

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher”~Oprah Winfrey
You have the nicest friends! I know that may not seem like a nice thing to say about you, necessarily… but you’ve done such an amazing job of attracting the most generous, caring, sweet, wonderful people into your life. And such cool people wouldn’t like you, unless you were awesome yourself!

And there you have it; two of the most incredibly meaningful gifts I have ever received.
And the only expense was the precious time my kids invested. (Awesome ROI btw, in case you’re reading this kiddies!).

I love these gifts, on so many levels, but mainly for how deeply they touch my heart. And not just on Mother’s Day, but EVERY day!

So the next time you need a gift for that special someone, you might want to consider something that costs little-to-no money, yet means more than anything money could buy. (Visit Simply Celebrate, if you’d like some more ideas!)

And just in case that you’re feeling annoyed that I have such “perfect” children, the third one sent me… a text that said “Happy Mother’s Day, Linda” Hahahahaha. The best things in life, really ARE free! 

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  1. I just love your one of a kind sense of humor Coach Ryan! You seem to find the angles in life that work and you make the most of them! Thanks for sharing this heartwarming post!

  2. So awesome Linda! Thank you for sharing and this wonderful story and excellent suggestions for others to share their love and appreciation for mom on Mothers Day with out spending a dime. The best things in life are FREE! They just take a little time, a little heart and a little gratitude. The real good stuff! 🙂 (y)

    • Thanks so much Sean!I agree, I think the time and heart and gratitude is exactly what makes the gift so meaningul. Appreciate you stopping by 😀

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  4. Well, of course I LOVE this post. I love the gifts from your children. I love that you nudged them to create the gifts rather than spend money. I love how thoughtfully and beautifully they came through for you. I love your sense of humor. I love that your kids get you and see you and appreciate you. I love your generosity in sharing yourself/your stories with others. I love — and appreciate— the nods to Simply Celebrate, so hopefully more people can give and get gifts like these. Mostly though, I just plain LOVE who you are. I’m so happy after reading this!!!!

    • You are just a bucket of love today (actually, EVERY day!), Sherry! Thanks so much for the LOVEly comment and especially for the Love List idea 🙂 LOVE U!!!

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