If You Have a Mother, You are Very Lucky

It occurs to me that not every mother is perfect. It also occurs to me, that not all of us have chosen or been embraced by motherhood.  At the same time, it is true that everyone one of us has had a mother.  For that reason, (regardless of the nature of your relationship), we must be grateful.  Without mom (and dad) we would not have the gift of life.

As  the philosopher Rajneesh said, “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”   Because there is little training available to new mothers, they can and do make mistakes. Some of us are super lucky, because not only did mama birth us, but she  also provided loving inspiration.  Others of us may have suffered a bit,  because our mom wasn’t always very good at being the mom we imagined she should be.  As a woman  who has engaged in motherhood, I know that I have faced challenging decisions, and I know in hind-sight,  that not every choice I made was optimal.

Luckily for me, my child is grown into a wonderful man who is capable and kind.  I feel blessed to be here  to watch him grow into the man he continues to become.   I also feel blessed because I had the resources to provide the basics for him.  My choices were spiritual and intellectual, not about survival.  Sadly, this is not true for many moms around the world. Some very loving mothers cannot adequately clothe or feed their children.   A blog post on “womenfound” reminded me of this today.   Check it out.  If you had a mom, and you had your basic needs met, I consider you to be lucky too.

Join me in thanking all the moms out there.  They made this day possible.

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Date: Sunday, 8. May 2011 14:42
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