This week I think it would be good to focus on giving to that one person in each of our lives that gives so much to us – our Mothers. Whether you had, or have a good relationship with your mother, she is the one that brought you into this world and without her you wouldn’t be. As simple as that may sound, life is far from simple. For some, their relationship with their mother is near perfect in every way, for others, an occasional or constant struggle. Then for others the hardest is to have them no longer with you and only memories to reflect upon on Mother’s day.
Relationships are challenging, but with a parent so much more emotionally charged. I have met very few women in my life who didn’t, in their own individual ways, do the best they could do at being a successful mother.
“Successful Mothers are not the ones who have struggled. They are the ones who never gave up, despite the struggles,” Sharon Jaynes.
With that being said it’s also good to remember, “The past should be left in the past or it can steal your future. Live life for what tomorrow can bring, and not for what yesterday has taken away,” Unknown.
Personally I will admit there were times when my Mother and I didn’t see eye to eye, when tempers flared, words of anger lashed out and hurt and misunderstandings caused tears to be shed. There have also been times of great joy, laughter so consuming that a quick trip to the bathroom was required and sweet, fond moments were shared that forever branded my memories with an unconditional love that only a mother can give to her child. I let anger and hurt steal precious time with her, for this I will always regret but when I allowed my heart to remember, to reflect on all the love she gave, the things she did and shared with me my understanding in valuing her as the unique person she is made me realize that everything we disagreed on was only because we are individual people. There are no right and no wrongs in loving someone. A mother gives you the gift of life, all that she does after that is her reaction to being a mother and as her child it’s my job to react to that love. It’s my choice of course on how I react and I’m so glad that it didn’t take me forever to react with love and that more time was not lost. My Mother doesn’t live close and I miss her every single day. I can’t go back to the carefree days of my youth but I can make the best of the day I have and make plans for a bright future of making more fond memories with the wonderful woman that I am blessed to call Mom.
Mother’s don’t put yourself down for making mistakes. Surprise, surprise, you’re only human. You are not “Super Mom” though there are times that you are expected to be. I don’t think any one of us was tattooed with a big S on our chests and we can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound or any other such nonsense. We can only do our best and continue to love. I wish mother’s everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day. Set your worries aside for one day and rejoice in just being a Mother, Father’s could never handle the pressure (LOL). I love being a Mom so much it hurts, if you’re a Mother you know exactly what that means.
Your kindness challenge for the week: Embrace your family with a big hug.
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