I missed Mother's Day. Actually, I didn't miss it since I was busy reveling in my sleeping in, card/gift opening, and generally accomplishing nothing day. But I didn't post anything on that day, the day of celebrating all Mamas and for that I am sorry. So now that I've had some time to think about it, here is what I would have said if I were a professional blogger posting on the actual day!!!
Happy Mother's Day, Mamas! For you, on this amazing day, I have a beautiful quote from David Orr:
The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful people”.
But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind.
It needs people who live well in their places.
It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and human, and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.
YOU are the one David Orr is talking about in this quote. You live with the moral courage it takes to buck the system and you are living well in your place. Even if it doesn't always feel like living well, what better description than eating the healthiest, healing foods could there be than "living well?"
YOU are the healer who did not shy away from the initial symptom(s) and instead started to dig in and figure out what was wrong with your baby. Your gift of love is half of the healing this planet needs in the first place and your actions to heal your child are above and beyond the call of duty but speak volumes about the Mama you are inside!
YOU are the lover, who loves so deeply nothing else matters beyond the health of your child. How many Mamas have cut back on work, quit jobs, taken unpaid leave, or reinvented a life so the child will have what (s)he needs? Plenty!
So keep up all your hard work. You are the truly successful one, or you will be soon when all the hard work pays off. You know, all that work that will make you crazy but will improve the health of those around you. Only the Mama who loves SO deeply can give this depth of herself in an act as simple as cooking for her family. It is a truth we have lost along the way and it is a valuable activity that goes largely devalued in our modern society.
What you do matters.
Who you do it for matters.
The fact that it will get results is just the bonus.
In this lifetime, seek that which you are to learn and make sure to share that which you have to teach.
Happy Mother's Day, Mamas!