Mother's Day reminds us to be grateful for those who have been there for us, who have invested in us and reminds us to give back to others.
On Mother's Day, I have practicing gratitude for my mother, as well as the mother figures in my life. This practice includes reflection through journaling, expressing my gratitude to those in my life I value, and ensuring my actions match my words.
It's very easy to focus only on our biological parents on days like Mother's Day, but what do you do if your mother is no longer in your life, or maybe has never been in your life? What do you do when you are not a mother yourself? This day can take on a bittersweet feeling, and sometimes end up feeling empty.
I am very fortunate that I have been surrounded by strong mother figures in my life, from my own mother, my mother-in-law, my grandmothers, and other strong women who have invested in my growth. I can think back to teachers who helped me believe in what I was capable of and my potential. I can think of those moments when I could feel my confidence boost by receiving a compliment earned from hard work.
As this day comes to a close, I know it's not enough to appreciate the women who have helped me. I also need to help the next generation. I need to pay it forward and invest in others. I can do that by sharing my experiences to normalize vulnerability, by being available to listen and learn, and by being an advocate for others investing in their growth and future.
How have you celebrated Mother's Day and how can you invest in others?
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