The origins of Mother's Day can be traced to the early 1900's and is celebrated in over 40 countries.
As a child, I vividly remember giving my mom handmade keepsakes and waiting in long restaurant lines after church for Mother's Day.
As an adult, I am keenly aware of the women who long to be Mothers as well as the children whose Mothers have now passed on.
As a Mother, I am immensely thankful for my two children, my own Mother, and a host of other phenomenal women who have served as "Mothers" for me over the years.
When I think of my own Mother, strength and comfort immediately comes to mind. I think of a woman who has persevered, through all of life's challenges and a place where I still seek comfort, - yes, even as a grown wife and mother of two.
Strength and motherhood really are synonymous. Whether it is the physical strength of labor or the emotional load of caring for our children. Motherhood can be heavy, yet simultaneously, one of the most rewarding things we will ever experience in life. As babies, children nestle into their Mothers for comfort and as adults, we seek comfort in our Mothers as we navigate this thing called life.
While the "duties" of a Mother are never done and unfortunately, often un/under-appreciated on this day, can we take a collective deep breath and salute to the Mothers before us, those with us presently, and strive to pave a BETTER path for the ones coming after us.
I find myself routinely reminding my clients that they cannot pour from an empty cup. We have to normalize Mothers taking the time to fill their cups!
On this day (and all days), may your cup overfill, may peace come to those longing for Motherhood, and comfort come to those missing their mothers.
Happy Mother's Day!