Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothering Day

My mom - Evelyn Gail George
I have very mixed feelings about Mother's Day.  My original joy in this day was celebrating my own mother.  Ever since my mom passed away nearly twelve years ago, I struggle to celebrate.  Even though I am a mother myself, I never felt I truly lived up to the title.

The Chaplain at Heritage, where I work, once noticed on her calendar a reference to Mothering Day.  She liked the title because it honored all those who "mother" rather than just those who give birth. Many who have cared for and taught my children over the years embodied this mothering spirit despite having no children of their own.  At Heritage, we act as "appropriate parents" to the students while they are receiving treatment. Even when I'm tutoring students, I feel like a mother to them.  Because of this, I choose to look upon this day as Mothering Day. 

The lessons my mom taught me will always be with me.  Here are some of my favorites:
  • Endure to the End - No matter what life throws at you, don't give up. Mom lived for many years with multiple sclerosis before succumbing to its crippling power. She managed to stay positive and continue to help people even when unable to walk.
  • Keep Learning - Even though Mom never finished her college degree, she took every opportunity to learn new things. She learned her coworkers' duties along with her own and made herself incredibly valuable.  That is one of her lessons I have already experienced the benefits of.
  • Don't Mind the People, Just Remember What is True - Whenever i was upset with a situation, Mom would remind me that people aren't perfect and you have to stay focused on what it true. It's easy to get caught up in hypocrisy, office politics, and family squabbles. Staying focused on what is true and what is important will help you let go of petty differences and have a forgiving heart.

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