May we honor the work of taking care of each other. It is in the recognition of our profound interconnection with one another that we can rise up to protect what we hold most sacred.
Mother’s Day offers us opportunities to express our love and thanks to the women who have cared for us in our lives — the birth or adoptive mother, the grandmother, the teacher, or the elder friend who have helped grow us up. But it’s not all Hallmark cards and breakfasts-in-bed. This particular holiday can stir up feelings of grief and pain for some of us. We suffer for the mother we have lost or a mother we felt we never really had. And yet, perhaps we might be able to simultaneously hold our sorrow and marvel at the fact that our existence is born from countless acts of nurturing from sources far and wide. In arriving to the fact of our lives, here and now, our appreciation of mothering – in its many forms – has the capacity to grow quite expansive. In offering gratitude for the gift of our lives, we celebrate Mother’s Day as it honors this expansive experience of nurturing
Let us appreciate too that Mother’s Day has its roots in the peace movement.
Let us appreciate too that Mother’s Day has its roots in the peace movement. For more than a century since its inception, Mother’s Day continues to be a day of protest. Women have taken to the streets to call our attention to the injustices of war, poverty, inadequate healthcare, child labor, gun violence, and more. These are the fierce, socially engaged underpinnings of Mother’s Day.
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears… From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, “Disarm, Disarm!” ~ From the Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870
So this Mother’s Day, we invite you to honor the mother-figures in your life and also to marvel at the intricate web of dependence and care that holds us all. May we honor the work of taking care of each other. It is in the recognition of our profound interconnection with one another that we can rise up to protect what we hold most sacred. Let us be moved too by the thousands of activist mothers before us. Let us appreciate and celebrate our deep bonds with each other. And let us not forget that we need each other’s care.
In gratitude for the nurturing and radical power of love, we wish you a peaceful Mother’s Day.
The images above are excerpted from Everyday Gratitude © by A Network for Grateful Living; book design and lettering by Alethea Morrison; watercolors and cover illustration © Katie Eberts, with additional watercolors by Clikchic Designs; used with permission from Storey Publishing.
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Dear Gratefulness Team, even though the holiday has passed, I want to thank you from my heart for this beautiful, compassionate, expansive essay. First for acknowledging that for some the day stirs up grief. And then for lifting to awareness “mothering” in its many forms. Also, I had no idea that Mother’s Day has its origins in the peace movement and this is very meaningful to me. The linked essay, (The Price of Peace) by Brother David is a treasure and to read it feels like stopping to refresh at a spring of living water along this road I travel.
Thank you so much for your kind and meaningful words, Grateful Sea. We are grateful for your presence here with us.
Heart to heart, The Gratefulness Team
How sweet to see your smile and kind reply, thank you, Katie.
Thank-you for this beautiful essay! It brought me close to tears. Yesterday I was thinking of my Mom, who died 22 years ago. Even though I don’t have children, she always gave me a card and gift for Mother’s Day. That meant so much to me! When my Mom became bedridden and lost her independence, she was the most beautiful example of handling it with acceptance and grace. My Mom taught by example.
As your essay says, we need each other’s care. Oh, life is such a precious gift!!!!
Love and blessings to all??
Oh, wow, Sheila – I love that your beloved Mom gave you a card on Mother’s Day. Clearly, she celebrated your love and care in that expansive experience of “mothering” – how beautiful. She sounds like a remarkable woman, as are you.
Thank you for being here with us, Sheila.
Dear Katie, thank-you so much for your kind response! It meant alot to me and touched my heart!
Peace and blessings?