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What the Goose Taught Me

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My mom, Juanita H. Larson, was known affectionately as The Goose—as in “Mother Goose.”

She passed away on December 14, 2013, just over a month ago.

For several years, she was living in a nursing home in Nashville. I would visit and celebrate with her every Saturday. We laughed, talked, acted stupid (me more than her), and intensely acknowledged our powerful love and appreciation for each other.

I’m thinking of her now because I received something the other day that made me think about The Goose in a whole new light—a book by my friend Crystal Paine called Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

If you’re not familiar with Crystal, she created an extremely popular blog called MoneySavingMom.com. Her book, as you may have guessed, was written for moms. The subtitle explains it all: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life.

I picked it up expecting to flip through a couple pages and be done. After all, a book like this could only be useful to moms, right?

Wrong. I couldn’t put it down. Why? Three reasons:

  • Crystal’s book gives you the tools to live each day as your last. Life’s too short to spend it stressing over day-to-day details. If you implement the systems Crystal describes, you will immediately free yourself up to stress less, dream more, and be joyful and present in every moment.
  • She’s living proof that what she describes in the book actually works. This isn’t another book written by some “expert” with a lot of theories but no proof that they work. Crystal tried and tested everything she suggests in the book in her own life and through MoneySavingMom.com, a site that reaches millions of people on a monthly basis.
  • It made me see and appreciate The Goose from a whole new perspective. Who knew being a mom could be so tiring, so stressful, so incredibly hard? Not me. I suddenly felt intensely grateful for having a mom who never let that stress disrupt the moments that count—those perfect little memories of her that mean more to me than ever now.


If you are a mom, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you’re not a mom, I know that you know a few who need this book right now. However, if you are in the male category—dad or not a dad—and you qualify as a human being who wants more out of life—this book is for you too. I was shocked at how much information I got out of it. Bottom line, it is a “people” book. So if you qualify as a “people,” I guarantee you this book is for you.

The Goose did not have the benefit of this book when she was raising me (and Lord knows I gave her enough reasons to need it), but she did live her life in a way that reflects what Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is all about. She had a plan, she had systems, and they enabled her to focus on teaching me the things that really count:

The Goose was kind; she taught me to be kind to everybody.

The Goose listened to me; she taught me to listen to all who were speaking.

The Goose gave; she taught me to give freely of my time.

The Goose was sorry when I skinned my knee; she taught me to feel empathy with others.

The Goose created great birthday parties; she taught me to celebrate often with others.

The Goose loved God; she taught me to love and honor God.

And every Saturday over the last few years when I would visit her, she taught me to be thankful in any circumstance.

You will be thankful you read—or gave away—this book.

P.S. What are some of the greatest lessons YOUR mom taught you? Hit ‘Reply’ and let me know.

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  • My mom would come into my room to tuck me in at night and we’d pray together. I’d come home from school during lunch and we’d have lunch together (back when you could still do that). And sometimes she wouldn’t tell my dad something I did wrong, to protect me.