Mom does so much for us, it’s like she has super powers. If you’re a mom, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Planning the week’s meals, the never-ending laundry and oh my goodness why did we commit to all of these activities? Kids, husbands, grandkids and more are a lot to take care of, and they do it so well! We can’t pay her back, but we can show her we appreciate her! A tangible gift is a great place to start, but sometimes Mom would rather just spend time with us. Here are a few ways we can do just that.
“You’ll understand when you have kids of your own.”
1. Take time for quiet daily. Yes, there is much that needs to get done. Once you maintain a habit of being quiet either to contemplate, pray, or meditate, you will be amazed how much more efficiently you will perform your tasks, duties and projects.
2. Treat yourself with as much care, if not more, than you treat others. Once you master caring for yourself, caring for others will become effortless and spring from the heart, instead of from duty.
Last night I had the privilege of being in community with 200+ veterans and their spouses at a Dining Out event and was deeply touched by the guest speaker who was a veteran himself as well as the father of a son who served. I, like the majority of Americans, have never been caught in a crossfire of any kind thanks to those who do fight for our country. His message was quite simple. Although there is the promise of two paychecks a month plus some benefits, it is a true act of patriotism to take the oath. A heart-felt thank you to those who have served and are currently serving.
Some of us might remember the Jesse Spano freak-out episode of Saved By the Bell where she is hysterical and cries out the words, "No time! There's never any time! I'll never have time to study! I'll never get in Stanford!," and so she goes on and on until she emotionally breaks down and sobs in Zack Morris's arms. I can't help, like most of you, feeling this way during the holiday season.