Moms are our life’s cheerleaders. With their encouragement, love and support, we learn to believe in ourselves and to become the people we were meant to be. And once we become mothers, we soften up and judge our own mothers less because we are finally able to see both how wonderful and how challenging parenthood can be. It becomes easier to forgive, to let go, and to realize that she is just a person who did her best each day.
Every mom tries during her lifetime to impart the life lessons she’s learned to her children. An oral history is passed down from mother to child, with messages as simple and timeless as:
Remember to put your napkin in your lap,
to say please and thank you,
to look someone in the eye when you shake hands,
to be kind,
to think of others,
to send a thank you note,
to be patient with others and yourself,
to forgive and to let go of anger,
to be understanding,
to follow your passion,
to work hard,
and to love openly and fully.
With our moms support, we feel we can do almost anything! We feel safe to take risks because no matter what happens, our moms will always be proud and love us for trying. When we are children, our moms tell us we can be anything we want to be when we grow up. Moms tell us that we are beautiful, that we are loved, and that we are special. Moms are often the first ones to see us–to truly see us–and with their unwavering support, allow us to discover our gifts and then to feel safe enough to share them with the world.
Moms hold a space in their hearts for us forever, long after they’ve rocked us to sleep as babies, woken up with us in the middle of the night to calm our bad dreams, to give us a glass of water or to treat a fever or the flu. Our moms love us enough to let go, to let us live our own lives and to follow our own path.
Moms love and laugh and teach us by example that a life spent loving and laughing with others is indeed a life well lived!