At a time in my life when I had a good job, great friends, and what I thought was the perfect boyfriend my mother gave me a gift.
I had already refused this gift when offered by my sister and my very good friend. Both of them had tried to help me see that my relationship was not good for me, was not nurturing me, and was making me unhappy. "You are not yourself when you are around him." "You are setting yourself up for a big hurt"; and various other very true things were said to me by these caring people.
I ignored all of them. I loved the guy. It would all work out one day.
One day during a visit, my mother said to me
"I notice that you don't sing any more".
It took me a couple of years and a heart broken nearly in two before I really got it, but I finally understood.
After all, if your heart is not singing how can your mouth?
Discover what makes your heart sing, and do it as much as you possibly can. My new rule for a happy life.