It seems daily my friends, my age, are posting of the passing of their parents.
I’m one of the lucky ones to still have my Mom around.
As Mother’s Day is here I ask you how you still celebrate the important person that is your Mother, whether she is still here with us or has passed on.
The African Proverb that says: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.”
If we change this around a bit, it could also say: “When a mother dies, the village falls to the ground.”
In human history there is no one as important as Mother.
Mother Theresa cared for those no one else would and became the mother of a movement of compassion; the image of Jackie Kennedy covered in blood, stoically supporting the swearing in of Vice President Johnson on Air Force One following JFK’s assassination still stands as a motherly strength for our Nation today; even Jesus, hanging from the cross before His ultimate sacrifice, makes sure His Mother, Mary, is cared for by Apostle John.
Your Mother carries with her stories that are those of legend.
Equally the question begs – How do you either carry on what she taught you, or how have you taken it to a new level?
On Mother’s Day we celebrate the Moms in our lives. If you’re my age, you have a Wife/Partner at home probably with little children; a Mother who now is Grandma to your children; A Mother-in-Law; Grandmas still living (if you’re lucky); Sisters, Cousins, Friends; Daughters who will be the Mom someday; Bonus Mothers if your family has experienced separation and then a reprisal of connection.
And then there are those we work with, whom we may consider as motherly figures in our lives, business, schools teaching our children, communities. The list goes on and on.
So many to celebrate….how to keep up?
Men, there is no way. We can’t do enough to show our gratitude. Seriously. But we can try.
We can support the women in our lives if we embrace The Promise.
The Promise to bring home flowers whether a holiday or not.
The Promise to send a note of encouragement and appreciation.
The Promise to support the business efforts and service so many Mothers give outside the home.
This past week I had the opportunity, the HONOR, to speak to The Police Wives of Utah. As important as our Armed Forces and those in Blue are to our safety as a nation, no one is more important than the wives supporting them at home. They fight for our freedom because of the strength of those they call family. We must pay homage to these great women.
How do we show honor and gratitude? Do something.
One of my favorite practices with my Mom is to call her when I drive. Just knowing we have the chance to catch up, to hear her stories, to laugh together, keeps us connected.
For my Wife, it is breakfast in bed on Sunday, but more importantly it’s doing the dishes nightly so she can go lay down a little earlier, or taking our youngest son for the morning so she can get a pedicure. These things matter and mean so much.
With the mothers in our communities, such as our children’s school teachers, we send notes of love and admiration.
What are your ways of celebrating Mother at this time?
And why just Mother’s Day? How about Mother’s Week!
I hope you’ll join me as we strive to give a little more to the Mothers in our lives.
You may be surprised to know I love to try to write music. Here’s a song I wrote about my Mom for this Mother’s Day, and could be for any Mom out there from her son. (Lyrics below)
“I Miss Them With You” – written & performed by jason hewlett
I remember days gone by
We would just talk for hours
You’d be awake no matter the hour
How I loved talking with you
And I don’t know if you remember those days
But I miss them with you
And if a boy could have chosen his Mom
I know I’d choose you
Now I’m old and have kids too
When things are tough I think what you’d do
Now when I drive I love to call you
How I love listening to you
And I don’t know if I’m just counting the days
But I miss them with you
And if a boy could have chosen a Mom
I know I’d choose you
Mom I’ll always choose you
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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