“Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.”
— Peace Pilgrim
On Sunday we all celebrated Mother’s day. Maybe you spent the day with your mother. Maybe you couldn’t visit her and give her a hug this year because of COVID-19. Or maybe you just thought back and remembered her one more time. But in any case, you sent your mother LOVE, wherever she is.
Mother’s Day is day of celebration all around the world in honor of our mothers. We all know that being mother requires great responsibility, and mothers never get to retire (I am a mother too)! When we think about our mother we always remember unconditional love. It’s much more than just carrying a baby for nine months — because many people don’t need to carry a baby for nine months to get that same feeling and give that same unlimited and unconditional love. So many people who never gave birth still are taking care of their family members, adopting children who need love and care, or just helping others. So they are all mothers too.
Do you know when celebrating Mother’s Day started? In the U.S., Ann Jarvis began organizing “Mother’s Work Days” in 1858, then when she died her daughter Anna began a campaign that led to virtually every state observing Mother’s Day within a few years, and in 1914 it was made a national holiday. Ironically, Anna Jarvis spent the last years of her life trying to abolish Mother’s Day, in protest against its commercialization. In other parts of the world Mother’s Day is celebrated on a different day of the year and originally had nothing to do with mothers at all, and was instead actually a day for Christians to visit their “mother” church.
Of course, remembering our mothers on one special day in the year is beautiful. However, we all know we should do better and we must be SO grateful to our mothers — even if we do not agree with them all of the time, we know deep inside that most of the time they are right. If we give our mothers understanding and unconditional love, without any expectations, then it will reflect back to on us too.
My mom always used to tell me “when you become a mother, or you reach my age, you will understand it means to be a mother.” I’m sure I was thinking yes, yes, I know… But she was right, as always!
Send your mother love today, wherever she is!
Ayda Ersoy, nutritionist (Dip. C.N., Dip. S.N.), master trainer (CPT ACE, NCSF, CanfitPro), registered yoga teacher, founder, Health Angel Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness, Founder, SMS (Stability, Mobility Strength) Intuitive Training System.