Happy Mothers Day Everyone! Every year, the second Sunday in May, is designated as International Mother’s Day worldwide. Celebrations vary, however we all can benefit from celebrating the meaning as we honor our own mother, motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers and women in society.
How it began:
The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
Even though I am not a mother myself, I celebrate all the traits I learned from my mother and all the women in my Life: Love, Compassion, Caring, Empathy, Forgiveness, Determination, Strength, Positivity, Trust, Faith, Persistence, Resilience, Imagination, Ambition, Creativity, Individuality, and many more.
I have so many fond memories of all the women in my Life starting with my Mom, Grandmothers and Great Aunts. Then onto teachers, professors, ministers, doctors, mentors, business leaders, colleagues, coaches and friends. I learned so much of how I wanted to be. Their lives impacted me and helped me frame my world. And I still learn today from all of them and the new women I meet. I am grateful and thankful.
So today and everyday, I encourage you to give thanks for the lessons we all have learned from our mothers and women in our Life. As you go about your days, share those lessons to support and encourage other women to be their Best Selves. We all have something to say and to learn. We are powerful! We are strong! We are Love! We are kindness! We make a difference!
With Light and Love and Heartfelt Thanks for you Mom,