Ode to Motherhood
© copyright 2008 Hueina Su
You have worked so hard, all year around. I hope you get to take a day off, and enjoy your special day. I hope you love the festivities and/or any loving gestures your family bestow on you. Even if none of your family is around to celebrate this day with you, I hope you make a point to do or have something you love today. Hey, this is your special day, and you totally deserve it.
I just called my Mom in Taiwan. None of us could spend Mother’s Day with her, and my dad had to attend a meeting today. I was so glad to find that Mom was in a good mood, nonetheless. I said, “Well, Mom, since Dad is not home, you’ve got a day off! How are you going to celebrate your special day?” She told me cheerfully that she’s got some ideas — she might visit this or that city, do some shopping, visit her favorite coffee shop, etc. She was getting herself ready to go out and enjoy her free time. I’m pretty sure she is going to dress up and have fun out on the town. Way to go, Mom! That’s the spirit!
Motherhood is life-changing. I’m positive that you’d agree with me. Being a mom has changed me on so many levels. It’s the most challenging job I’ve ever taken on, and the most amazing journey I’ve experienced. I’d never trade it for anything in the world.
You are loving and caring… You give your children unconditional love, the highest level of love in the world. You are the go-to person when anyone needs TLC – a hug, a kiss, some encouraging words, or chocolate chip cookies. You are LOVE, personified.
You are patient… Reading “The Little Engine That Could” for the 1,000th time, with the same level of joy and enthusiasm (even when you were so tired you could barely keep your eyes open); getting your toddler potty trained; helping your child with challenging homework; sewing your child’s school play or Halloween costume… that takes patience.
You are committed… Hey, you took on a life-long commitment to be a mom, didn’t you?!
You are strong and you persevere… Think about what you had to go through to bring your child to the world — the pregnancy, the labor pain, the adoption process — need I say more? Think about all the challenges you’ve gone through to take care of your children and make sure they are healthy, safe and happy. You are much tougher than you give yourself credit for.
You are disciplined… You get up every morning to take care of your family, cooking, feeding, bathing, cleaning… day after day, after day. If that’s not discipline, I don’t know what is.
You take charge and get things done… You are the one who organizes and coordinates everyone’s schedules, and make sure nobody misses doctor’s appointments, soccer practice, band concert, birthday party, anniversary dinner (even if you have to plan it yourself).
You know when to say no and stand your ground… You have no problem telling your toddler or teenager what they are not supposed to do, even if you know they are not gonna like you.
You are creative… You’ve created a loving home for your children. You use your creativity in the ways you show your love, the foods you cook, the stories you tell, the imaginative plays, the silly songs you make up, the garden you planted and all the family vacations and memories you help create.
You are powerful… You were given the power and privilege to co-create a life (your child), to help your child reach his/her full potential and create a better world. That’s enormous power and responsibility.
You are beautiful… Have you ever looked deeply into your child’s eyes and see your own reflection? You are absolutely beautiful… no laugh lines or stretch marks could ever diminish your beauty.
I hope you take a few moment here and let it all sink in.
Next time, when someone else, or that nasty little voice in your head, tells you that you are not loving enough, strong enough, pretty enough, disciplined enough, or that you are too “selfish” for taking care of yourself, or whatever, tell them to get lost. They simply don’t know any better.
You are perfect and whole, just the way you are. You deserve to be loved and adored, just like you love and adore your children. Now, go ahead, and celebrate this day the way you truly deserve.
Forward this message to any moms you know who could use a little validation or encouragement. As moms, we ought to support and empower one another.
Take good care of yourself… you are irreplaceable!
Love & Blessings,
P.S. If you like a good read for Mother’s Day, or ANY day, download sample chapters of my Amazon #1 bestseller Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul: 7 Keys to Nurture Yourself While Caring for Others.
|About the Author:
Hueina Su is an internationally recognized expert in helping people find the missing PEACE and POWER in their stressful lives. She co-stars with Jack Canfield and Marci Shimoff in the ground-breaking personal development movie The Keeper of the Keys (Dec.11).
Hueina is a Mindful Wellness Expert, international keynote speaker, best-selling author of Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul: 7 Keys to Nurture Yourself While Caring for Others, Founder & Master Coach of Beyond Horizon Coaching. What sets her apart from other experts is the 5,000 years of ancient Chinese culture and wisdom behind her. She started her first career as a RN, and has more than 23 years of experience in nursing, coaching, counseling, speaking, training, nonprofit management, sales, and small business. She is on a mission to empower one million women to nurture their true self, reclaim their Peaceful Power, and create a life of their CHOICE. For more information about Hueina’s speaking, coaching and products, visit www.HueinaSu.com ©Hueina Su You may reprint this article in your blog or e-zine as long as the author by-line and website information remain intact.
For more information about Hueina’s speaking, coaching and products, visit www.HueinaSu.com
©Hueina Su You may reprint this article in your blog or e-zine as long as the author by-line and website information remain intact.