Mother’s Day – Do just one thing

“My dream & prayer are for my boys to become independent, confident men, living a life with integrity, respect and love.” – Karen shares a quote about being a mom 

When I think about finding our passion in our daily grinds, I think about our dear mothers.  Being a mom is a job that demands a deep passion and sacrificial love. It’s a job that provides no training and no benefits [ no vacation pay or sick days 🙂 ] , but the role demands insurmountable overtime hours. There is no probation period. Moms are in it for the long hull from day 1.

From growing in their womb to watching us take our first step, to seeing us grow into an  independent person, to choosing our mate, to making life decisions, our mothers try their best to help us live to our full potential. They try to give us space to make decisions independently while fearing that we may potentially repeat the same mistakes they had made.

Some days, they find themselves working in the grinds on their own. Those times can be very lonely, dark and helpless.

Dear moms, thank you for standing firm!

Thank you for doing whatever it is necessary to provide for us.

Thank you for not holding a grudge when we push you away.

And, thank you for your listening ears when we feel like chatting with you.

Thank you for sacrificing your dreams so we can pursue ours.  

Thank you for protecting us amidst the storms.  

Thank you for not giving up!

Mother’s Day evokes different emotions from all of us. For some of you, it is a joyous day to celebrate with your mom.  For some, this is a painful day because your mom was gone too soon. You find yourself grieving over her every single day. Your heart aches from being bombarded by all these Mother’s Day messages. You cannot wait for this day to be over. And for some others, you share a different type of heartache. There is a relationship that needs to be reconciled. All the build up from years of agony and disappointments make you wonder if you can ever mend this broken relationship with your mom. Can we ever go back to how things were?

I encourage you on Mother’s Day to take the first step in reconciling with your mom, or a significant caregiver in your life. This may have crossed your mind on multiple occasions. But it can be so hard to take the first step, isn’t it? Why should I be the one to initiate?  It is like having a huge rock tied to your legs making the first step seemingly impossible. The thought of taking the first step just adds extra weight to your body.

As hard as it may be to take the first step, why not start with something simple? How about saying hello? How about a pat on the back? Or, a smile? Sometimes, no words need to be said.  Something as simple as an exchange of the eyes can be the first step that will put you on the road to recovery. 

I like to conclude with one more quote. This one is from a grandmother, the mother of Karen who shared her quote in the opening paragraph. No matter what situation you’re in with your mom, we hope that you’ll feel encouraged to reach out today. 

“Your heart fills with joy the minute you see your child and to know that from that moment you are responsible for someone. No matter your child’s age, as a mother you want to be there to help in any way and to give as much love as you can.  No job is too big or small, even if you are sick you would crawl on your hands and knees, you find the strength because you love them so much.” – from a grandmother 

I encourage you to reach out to your mother today. You will never regret it. 

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