Aunt Mavis… lessons from her life

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Exactly one year ago today my aunt, Mavis Diana Fuller, passed away. Her death was a blow to the entire family, and to all who knew her well. Today I write, not to relive her period of illness or her death, but instead to celebrate and share from a life well-lived.

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What have I learned from the life of my aunt? What lessons have been reinforced by her?

I have learned that I must be comfortable in my own skin.

I have learned that people’s expectations are just that – expectations. It is not my job to fulfill them.

I have learned that it is not disagreement that breaks relationships, it’s decisions.

I have learned that my home environment must reflect me in order to truly feel like home.

I have learned that I can have multiple passions and can pursue them all throughout my life span.

I have learned that even when you know someone you love has to change, if they don’t accept that you love them they won’t accept your help.

I have learned that you can’t force someone to accept your opinion, but you can gently share it with them and allow them to choose.

I have learned that you can be gentle even when you think you can’t.

I have learned that my life must be centered around something. I choose God. So did she.

I have learned that no matter how comfortable you make your home, you must have people you call home as well.

I have learned that living without laughter is no way to live.

I have learned that you don’t have to bear children to have children.

I have learned that there are no words that can replace a genuine smile.

I have learned that it is not hard to stand out from others, whether at school, work, or in recreational activities. You must decide, however, in what way you want to stand out.

I have learned that contentment is not a myth.

I have learned that death has no power over love.

 

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4 comments

  1. Aunt Mavis loved GOD and I believe He loved her dearly. She was very persuaded that what she believed was right. I am not sure that she was always right But that no longer matters. We should now learn from the many lessons from her life and do our best to make decisions as the Lord leads.
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    VERY MANY HAVE BEEN BLESSED THROUGH HER. I TOO,I HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY HER LIFE. . I THANK GOD FOR MAE AND I LOVE HER…

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