Chuck Norris
Last week, I cited my 92-year-old mother's wisdom from her autobiography, "Acts of Kindness: My Story." I highlighted her book's advice for how to help my fellow Americans:

--How we reawakened the American dream and spirit.

--Don't be surprised by hardship.

--Fight worry.

--Get back to the basics.

With Mother's Day right at our backs, here's the rest of my mom's insight, directly quoted from her life story:

"Be humble and willing to work.

"Back in the 1930s, any work was good work. We picked cotton, picked up cans, scrap metal, whatever it took to get by. The message from yesteryear is: Don't be too proud to do whatever it takes to meet the financial needs of your family.

"There's no shame in a hard day's work, whatever it may be. It seems today that people would go on unemployment before they would work in a field picking anything. That would not have been the case when I was growing up.

"When Herbert Hoover was president, we were having the worst of times. We were very excited about President Roosevelt, who did help us. But those of us with a strong work ethic received the government's help for just a short while ... only until we could get back on our feet. I wish people would do that today. Instead, they depend upon the government, and the government in turn enables them.

"Be rich in love.

"We didn't have much. In fact, we had nothing at all, compared with people today, but we had one another. We were poor, but rich in love. We've lost the value of family and friends today, and we've got to gain it back if we're ever to get back on track. If we lose all our stuff and still have one another and our health, what have we lost? We don't really own anything anyway. Everything is ultimately on loan to us. The Bible says, 'The earth is the Lord and all it contains.'

"Help others.

"Back during the Great Depression, we never quit helping others. Today, too many people are consumed with their own problems and only helping themselves. 'What's in it for me?' is the question most are asking. But back then, it was, 'What can I do to help you?'

"When times are tough, it is human nature to survive and not serve, but one of the secrets in life is that it's actually in serving that we survive and even thrive. It is good exercise for the heart to bend down and help another person up.

"Helping others often puts our own problems into proper perspective. Mama used to say, 'If you think you're having it rough, look over your shoulder at what others are going through.' I told the same to my children.


Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is a columnist and impossible to kill.