9 life lessons we learned from our mothers

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 18:22:52-04

It’s hard to put into words how much your mother means to you, after all she gave you life. But this Mother’s Day the 41 Action News team reflected on the greatest life lessons they learned from their mom’s.


1. Be positive and always have a grateful heart. – Lexi Sutter, reporter

“My mom, Lisa, is my rock, best friend & biggest fan. I’ve learned nearly everything from her – but the biggest life lesson she’s taught me is to be positive and always have a grateful heart. She lost her mom at a young age, and like many people, has weathered many storms throughout life. Still, she always finds a way to be thankful and look at the glass “half-full.”


2. Always work hard at whatever you do. – Jade DeGood, traffic reporter

"My Mom taught me to always work hard at whatever you do. At the end of the day you can take pride in the work that you do and know that you've done your best. I learned this from the way she lived her life and still does to this day. She always goes above and beyond in her work and her personal life for others. I love you, Mom!"


3. Think what you bring about. – Rae Daniel, reporter 

“My mom always said to me, "you think about what you bring about" and to always speak into existence what you want in life. She's one of the most optimistic people I've ever met. Love you mom!”


4. Be nice to others. –Dia Wall, anchor/reporter 

“My Mom taught me that the most important thing is to be loving, kind and nice to others. She encourages me to follow my dreams even now. I hope one day I'm half as strong and wise as she is. I love her!”


5. Everybody has a story. You never know what someone is going through. -Christa Dubill, anchor 

“My mom taught me everybody has a story; that you never know what someone is going through. To be kind and patient. My mom taught me how to work hard. She encouraged me to learn math without a calculator and to look up everything in the dictionary (the actual book). She truly believed I could do anything I set my mind on. She is strong, and never complains about anything. She has always put everyone else before herself. Now that she's in a tough battle with cancer, we are having to encourage her to make sure she takes care of herself first. This is not easy for her. She is an amazing woman.”


6.The importance of communicating without words. - Richard Sharp, anchor

“The most valuable thing my mother instilled in me is a love and respect for animals. From a young age she would encourage me to get close to and to pet every animal that came my way: Dogs, cats, horses, birds-even squirrels! Then my mother became a zookeeper at the zoo in Salt Lake City.  It was fascinating to watch her work with giraffes, seals, lemurs, hippos, lions and other animals. She would learn their personalities and interact with them so well.  I spent a lot of time with her at the zoo when I was a teenager. On occasion I would get to pet or hold some of the animals. I fed a watermelon to an elephant, gave fruits to the lemurs and watched a hippo fling poo on a crowd of people outside his enclosure (I still laugh at that one). I even got to hold a baby lion! It was priceless. My mother knew how valuable that time was for me. It helped form my appreciation of animals. It taught me the importance of communicating without words. It taught me patience and kindness. Now that I have my own child I am trying to instill that love of animals in him. He keeps asking me; "Dad, can you tell me stories of Nana(grandma) and the animals at the Zoo?" I am happy to oblige!”


7. Everyday is a gift. –Belinda Post, reporter 

“I pay it all back to this lady. Beverly Post, you sparked a lifelong love for dance and ya showed up to every recital and performance, cradle to pro. You remind me every day is a gift. You taught me hard work, how to go after what you want and how hustle. I love you.”


8. Never forget where you came from and treat everyone with respect -- Rhiannon Ally, anchor 

"My mom always put me first. As a single mom, she struggled to pay the bills, but I never knew how bad things were. She taught me that being a mom means putting their needs before your own."



9. Help other people less fortunate. -- Cynthia Newsome, anchor 

"On Mother’s Day I am grateful that my mother instilled in me the importance of working hard to achieve my goals. She also taught me to help other people less fortunate.  My mom is a generous spirit and a wonderful, fun mom.  I thank God that I’m still blessed to have her with me—she’s 90 years old and counting!"