Programmed for Success


DNA is “the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something, especially when regarded as unchangeable” (Dictionary, 2018).  It is to  human beings what computer code programming is to the technology that we use everyday.

So, what programme are you running on?  Are you programmed for success?

This programme is necessary to perform every function at optimal capacity.

The first 6 to 10 months of life are spent nestled under her breasts.

The next 2 years are spent snuggling in her arms until you discover that your legs can take you to interesting objects faster than she will take you.

The next 9 years are spent being watched by her and shuttled to and from school, and extracurricular activities.  In between your stuff, you learn to wait on her while she runs errands.

At 13, you are ready to say, “Mom, please!  I can do it.”

After this mom watches and encourages. 

After this mom waits with anxiety until the exam results come back and s/he is off to high school.  After this mom is learning to sit in the passenger seat while a student driver learns to control the car.  She holds her breath often, refraining from slamming on the instructor’s control brake pedals.

Mom grins from ear to ear when you make it through all the hurdles of formal education and you step into the world of work.

After this, mom is surprised by the small tokens and large gifts received from the first pay check.  After this mom is waiting to see that special someone who will cherish her baby that she hid under her breast for the first few months of life.

After this she is thrilled to see the fruit of her womb place a beloved grandchild in her arms.

After this, she discovers she lived the best life as “Mom.”

Happy Mothers’ Day to my mother, Mrs. Marcia E. Mitchell.  Thank you for pouring your life into ours.  Also, to her sister, our aunt, Mrs. Sybil Pitter, who did most of the shuttling for us before we learned to shuttle ourselves and others.  May your investments in building us continue to bring huge dividends for you and all who love you.

Happy Mother’s Day to every mother who has carried a child, raised a child, and the many more who continue to raise villages.

I’ll leave you with words of admiration and appreciation from Boyz II Men:

…You were there for me to love and care for me
When skies were gray
Whenever I was down
You were always there to comfort me…

Mama, Mama you know I love you
(You know I love you)
Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart
Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is
Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul… (Kenneth Edmonds, 1997).

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