Keeping Calm For Mums with Humour Quotes

Mums Love to Clean up Mess

Mums Love to Clean up Mess

What is a Mother for – if not to do your chores?

If you are a mother, like me, chances are you have encountered moments of frustration and feel like giving up. Share with me some humorous quotes from “Keep Calm for Mums” published by Summersdale. (Bought for me by my cheeky children – and when I feel annoyed at them they hand me the book as a point of reference – and it never fails to make us all laugh!)

The Basic Role of a Dear Mother

Anatomy of a Mother

Anatomy of a Mother

The Mother Quotes that Say it All

“There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.” – Peter De Vries

“No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.” – Florida Scott-Maxwell

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home…the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” – Edgar Watson Howe

“Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” – Phyllis Diller

“The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn’t getting enough sleep.” – John Fiebig

“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” – Bette Davis

“Motherhood is a wonderful thing – what a pity to waste it on children.” – Judith Pugh

“Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help mum with the dishes.” – P.J O’Rourke

“Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.” – Lionel Kauffman

“Those who say “Sleep like a baby” haven’t got one.” – Anonymous

“The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.” – Bill Cosby

“I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” – Anonymous

“Mothers are all slightly insane.” – J.D Salinger

Some of mum’s favourite sayings are:

Mum's Sayings

Mum’s Sayings

Enjoy with a pinch of humour – next time you see mum try to understand her point of view, she is human after all so give her break.

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Overcoming Greed as One of the Seven Deadly Sins

My original post, Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins, Greed as the third of the seven deadly sins and is described as:

Latin: Avaritia, Animal: Frog, Colour: Yellow

Greed is the desire to accumulate more than you need. It becomes a sin when you allow all reasonable control and value to be compromised in your quest to get what you want. It is the desire to have more power and control.

Greed as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

Greed as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

So what exactly is GREED?

Greed does not simply refer to a desire to gain power and control. There is a much more deep rooted meaning to it. It also refers to the selfish extent an individual will go to in order to achieve their object of desire. Not satisfied with what is around them in abundance, a greedy individual will go through great lengths including hurting others to get what they want. There is a blatant disregard of the feelings of other people where greed is concerned.

Various Definitions of Greed:

  • From the Latin word Avaritia
  • Consuming or desiring anything in excess
  • Greed does not take into account the needs of other people
  • Preoccupation with the needs and desires the self
  • Concerned especially with wealth although food is also associated with greed

Why is Greed classed as a Sin and by Whom?

Greed is a very selfish trait in religious terminology as it concentrates on personal desires to the extent of excluding the needs of other individuals. It is therefore classed as a sin. Greed is harmful in that it takes you away from the goodness of caring by sharing. Greed gives rise to personal fulfillment.

Greed compared to other Emotions

What differentiates greed from other emotions is that it is ultimately an excessive desire to accumulate material wealth based solely on personal gratification. Greed spears a person to seek possession and own more than your personal needs entail. It is therefore harmful for you on a personal as well as social level. Personally you take more than you need even require. On a social level when you take more than you need you are in effect depriving those who really need the material.

Overcoming GREED: 

  • How can you tell you are being greedy? First of all you need to admit to yourself that you are indeed being greedy. By looking at the definition and associating it with what you do is the first step to admitting that you have a problem with greed. Very few people would admit that they are being greedy. Often they will go to great lengths to hide this fact by making excuses for their excessive needs, even from themselves.
  • Greed is described adequately by Erich Fromm as “a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” If you feel that you are never being satisfied with all you have accumulated then this is one of the biggest indicators that you have a problem with accepting the depth of your greed.
  • Focus on what it is in life that you are looking for to fulfill your soulful need. When you focus deep enough you will realize that the greed you are displaying in acquiring materialistic wealth is not the right direction if you want inner soulful fulfillment. In fact greed takes you further away from your inner needs.
  • Turn your greedy thought on its head by questioning it. Ask yourself where this thought came from. If it is a habit to think in a greedy way, it is best to address this thought pattern and deal with it by replacing those thoughts with what you really want out of life.
  • Consider the implications and result of your previous greedy thoughts and actions and what they may have led to as a direct consequence of you acting on a thought full of greedy intent. Chances are you were probably not satisfied with the outcome.
  • Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Keep trying to fight your impulse to remain greedy. Addressing the issue and admitting to these self-indulgent thoughts and behaviour is the first major step towards a positive change.

Now that you know how to control your greed, practice your ability to share…..

The Seven Deadly Sins Series

This begins with “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins

1. Overcoming Lust as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  |  2. Overcoming Gluttony as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  4. Overcoming Sloth as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 5. Overcoming Wrath as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  6. Overcoming Envy as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  7. Overcoming Pride as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |

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Regina Brett – Words to Live By

Words to Live By

Words to Live By

Words to Live By

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

Your Job won’t take care of you when you are sick; your friends and parents will: stay in touch.

You don’t have to win every argument; agree to disagree.

Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

Don’t compare your life to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about.

Over prepare, and then go with the flow.

Be eccentric now; don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

Frame every so called disaster with these words: “In five years will this even matter?”

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Your children only get one childhood.

If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

By Regina Brett aged 90 years old

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