While growing up, my mom's way of helping me recognize and respect the value of
motherhood was to say that since God could not be everywhere at the same time,
He invented moms. Naturally, it was an honorable job that demanded a mix of
great respect and fear. After all, everyone knew about the severe consequences
for disobeying God or His chosen right hand, mom.
However, life, which has a way of teaching us humility and wisdom through
experiences both good and bad, helped me gain a true sense of appreciation for
what many consider to be the toughest job in the world (i.e. being a mom). After
all, what other jobs are as challenging, demanding and require one to be a
Jack-of- all-trades, on call twenty four hours a day, every day for a lifetime,
without even getting paid for it either? What other job can make your heart feel
like being outside your body when you worry about your most precious commodity,
your child? And what other job can be as rewarding too? And what other job comes
with a lifetime-devotion? Yet knowingly or unknowingly we either don't notice
mom's many contributions to our lives or we simply take them for granted.
Celebrating one day of recognition and love is actually a great opportunity to
heal relationships with our moms by helping us shift our focus to what's really
important in life - family. But being a mom is so much more than just a "job."
Being a mom is a destiny from the time of conception of the child and for their
lifetime. It's also divine. Just look at animals and the special relationship
and bond shared between a mother and her offspring and you'll discover that
there is nothing like it.
When I think of moms, I'm reminded of the hit TV series "Touched By An Angel."
That's because good moms are angels in disguise who give new meaning to the
expression "labor of love." It's this love and dedication that needs to be
recognized and honored, and not just on special occasions.
As a parent myself, I know that the ultimate reward is never material but
spiritual - therefore there is no need for extravagant gifts (especially when
it's done out of a sense of obligation and with strings attached), or a big
production just to express the most basic and natural sentiment of love and
sincere gratitude. After all, it's the intention that counts!
So go ahead and give your mom the most powerful, memorable and life-affirming
gift of all. Best of all it's free, and good for the soul too. Give her the gift
of love. Make her feel special and honored through kind words and deeds. Simply
put, a mom deserves to be recognized and appreciated (and not just on Mother's
Day) for her contribution of blood, sweat and tears in transforming our lives.
Give sincere gratitude to your mom (every day) for the simple reason that she is
truly a home goddess and the unsung hero in our lives.
Geela is an award winning singer/songwriter/composer, columnist, and author of
the best-selling book "THE AMERICAN DREAM," her true- life story of how she came
to America as a young immigrant with nothing and overcame incredible obstacles
to achieve mega- success. She founded ONE SPIRIT, ONE WORLD to help children and
promote a culture of peace and harmony. Get a free sample of her music and her
book at http://www.Geela.com