As we approach Mother's Day I've been doing some thinking about what it means to be a mother. Sometimes it seems so overwhelming, with so many issues to navigate -- what school to attend, who are my child's friends, is the car seat/booster installed properly, are they eating whole, healthy foods -- that I'm sometimes immobilized by fear I'm not doing it right. And other times, like when they're playing in the yard behind the house or helping me in the kitchen, it seems so simple and easy.
One of the things that pulls me out of that feeling of overwhelm is a quote attributed to Mother Theresa -- "What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." It captures an entire world in a sentence. So when I feel like I don't know what to do, I look for how I can express my enormous love for my son or daughter, which connects me to the entire world of mothers and caretakers, looking for ways to best love those in their care and I feel part of a larger community working towards a peaceful future.
And to all the mothers out there -- biological, adoptive and those in the nurturing/caretaking fields -- THANK YOU. Thank you for being there, for listening and supporting, for encouraging and guiding. Thank you for all you do.
Best wishes for a joyous and blessed Mother's Day!