Sunday, May 8, 2011

Be the change....

Mahatma Ghandi's message 'be the change you wish to see in the world' is probably my most favourite message of all time.

Years ago, I really didn't know how I (little old me) could possibly be the change I wanted to see in the world.  I remember feeling so deeply that I wanted to make a difference, leave a legacy of love in this world and at the same time I had no idea how I could do that.

How could a mom from a very small town in SouthWestern Ontario make any difference at all in this world.  The world seemed so big, with it's problems even bigger.

As time went on however, and my resolve to 'be the change' grew along with my 'job' as mother, I realized that the most powerful 'change maker' in the world is actually a mother.

Whether you had the most loving mother as a role model or the most abusive, critical or absent mother. 
She was a huge catalyst for change in this world.

Mothers push us to become our best.

To the ears of young children searching for appreciation; criticism from the woman who birthed us (or adopted us) can be sharp and painful.  As we grow into adults though, we can see how our mother's behaviour has molded us and we use what we learned from her to grow more strong and confident in ourselves.  We then become the mother we wished we had.

Without the model of the most loving, compassionate and nurturing mother we might not know the secret ingredients to cooking the best meal, or making the most out of an evening of entertaining friends or how to give the best hugs and kisses at bedtime.

Regardless of our upbringing, it is without a doubt, our mothers who are and who have been the catalyst of change in our lives and in the world.

It is mother's who raise their children to respect themselves and others, who stand on the sidelines and cheer their children onto success, who lay beside a sick child rubbing their hair hoping it will help them feel better.  Mother's will give up their souls for their children without asking twice.  And it is a mother who will worry and wonder until the day she dies whether or not she did the absolute best she could do.

So, whether you're a stay at home mom (who is over worked and under appreciated), or a working mom (who is over worked and under appreciated); understand that you are being the change that you wish to see in this world by raising strong, confident, loving, trustworthy, responsible children.

You have the power to change this world into heaven on earth through your care and love for your children.

So if all this time you thought you were 'just a mom'.  Think again!

You are a strong and powerful catalyst of change. 

Never underestimate the strength of a mother.

Happy Mother's Day!

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