AND Celebrate Them Everyday

May 11th, 2014

One thing all human beings share is that we all have at least one mother. As Mother’s Day approaches, along with the birthdays of a very dear friend and sister, I am struck by how important it is to formally set aside time to appreciate the people in our lives who help shape the person we become.

Our lives today are so busy with activities that occupy inordinate amounts of our energy that it is easy to get lost in the details. Daily life can become the work of an air traffic controller who spends the days and nights tracking and scheduling planes in order to avoid collisions. In the midst of the ridiculous, and often inhumane, pace of our lives, we are challenged to remember what is truly important.

I am thankful for days that are singularly dedicated to stopping our craziness to breathe, to remember what matters, and to invite us to recognize the truly important people in our lives. Mother’s Day reminds us to remember and see the women who have known us longer than anyone else and who will be a part of our lives as long as we live. AND for those of us whose moms are no longer walking this planet, we get to carry them in our hearts and remember the myriad gifts and lessons they brought to our lives forever.

AND while we could lament the fact that we only formally stop once a year to celebrate our mothers, and the births of people important in our lives, we could also focus on the fact that there is at least one day we hold to stop and reflect on the way people we love touch our lives. AND maybe, just maybe, we could learn to become conscious enough to see and honor those wonderful people with kindness and love every day, at least in our thoughts.

Here’s wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, foster mothers, and others who fill the role of mother in our lives.

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