A Mother’s Love
“Of all the special joys in life,
The big ones and the small,
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all.”
I dedicate this column to my mom, who passed away on May 30th, 2010 from a courageous battle with cancer. She had a strong sense of community, having volunteered most of her life and taught me the importance of giving to others.
My childhood into young adulthood was spent by her side helping to package food for the needy, re-settle Russian immigrants, assisting her in my dad’s office, and much more. This instilled in me compassion for those less fortunate, the desire to be of service to others, and the capacity to not judge and instead meet people where they are, giving them a hand up.
May is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day. A mother is always linked to us, whether in body or in spirit. I often think of her since her passing and am grateful for whom she was and the memories I have of her strength, courage, and tenacity for achieving her goals and her fight to live while she struggled with trying to overcome the cancer.
May is the month we also celebrate Memorial Day, when we remember those who have died in service to the United States. Although my mom was never in the armed services, she dedicated her life to helping others and spent many hours making sure they were taken care of in the best possible way.
For me, both occasions are important and have special meaning.
I am thankful for the men and women who risk their lives for us to have our freedom.
I am thankful for my mom who saved the lives of those who fled persecution in their own county.
I am thankful for the sacrifice of those in the armed services, so I can have my freedom.
I am thankful for my ability to make a difference in other’s lives, as my mother did before me.
We live in a crazy and chaotic world, but we also live in one that is full of love, compassion, life, and opportunity.
The lessons I have learned from giving as a child…
The gift of giving means the world to even just one person, so give anyway.
Compassion can bring tears of joy to many, so open your heart; it takes little effort!
A gratitude attitude can be contagious, so find a reason to be grateful, no matter how small or big.
A hug speaks a thousand words, so be sure to hug someone today; you will make a difference!
Never take a loved one for granted, so appreciate what they are ‘teaching you.’
Others are in this life journey just as you are, so know there is value in what they contribute to the world as a whole, even if you don’t understand it.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity to others. You were very much loved by those around you and those who were fortunate enough to be helped by your graciousness. I learned many things from your example of giving without expecting anything in return. I learned to love for the sake of loving and seeing the joy and happiness in those you assisted with their needs.
You gave support, advice, and valuable information for all who crossed your path.
I wish we had more time together, but I know in spirit you are still with me. In the silence, I can sometimes hear your whisper and guidance. May you continue to rest in peace.
Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day and Mother’s Day!
Eileen Bild has been coaching and guiding people for over 20 years. She has obtained a Masters in Transpersonal Theories and Practices, is a Certified Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Writer and Producer/Videographer/Photographer. Contact – Website – Facebook 1– Facebook 2 – LinkedIn – Youtube
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