I Hear You, And I Am Listening

My mother thinks I don’t listen to her. She always complains about me asking for her advice but never following it. I don’t understand why she’s so confused. I tell her all the time that “I hear you, mom! And, I am listening to you. I just feel lead to do something a little different.” Why does this make her upset? listen

I am trying to genuinely understand this, as I often give my friends solicited advice and when they don’t take it I do get a little offended (especially when it blows up in their face) but is the connection deeper when it comes to being a mother? Is my mother taking it personally because she’s one of the two people who created me? Because she feel responsible for my well being? Because I’m her daughter and should always look to her for wisdom?

Whatever the reason, I know one thing: I trust my mother, but I follow God. Sometimes these paths cross; other times they don’t. I hope my mother doesn’t take it too personally, as I love her and would find it very hard to make it without dialoguing with her on a regular basis. I love my mom and need her to know that regardless of what I end up doing, her advice is priceless.

Have you told your mom you LOVE HER today?


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I am a 32 year old teacher in Georgia, originally from Ohio (Go Buckeyes!). I am also a singer and I recently taught myself how to play guitar. For fun, I enjoy reading and lots of Netflix binges, which is my American right! I have also been known to cycle, run half marathons, and do just about whatever I set my mind to. A charming shepherd-mix dog named Kingsley lives with me and keeps me laughing at his antics at every turn. I am learning how to love the life I live with each passing day. Sometimes it's easy...other times, I write about it.

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