Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"I am a mother"

I don't belong to LDS Church, but I love their messages. From time to time I visit this page of Mormon Messages and I like them. Recently I discovered a really special one, from my point of view: Hi, I'm Jane. She spoke to me, so I purchased her book:

Yes, another book on motherhood. But her example is something so rare in nowadays: she left her successful career at CBS News and dedicates her time for being "just" a mother! Did you hear something similar lately? I didn't!
I read her book in 3 days. She quotes a lot of persons in her book. There are motivational stories and wonderful words on motherhood.
I quote here some paragraphs I love:

"If I were Satan and wanted to destroy a society, I think I would stage a full blown blitz on women. I would keep them so distraught and distracted that they would never find the calming strength and serenity for which their gender has always been known."
Patricia Holland

"Our mother provides us with our first experience of nurturing. She is our first and most powerful female role model. It is from her that we learn what it is to be a woman... Our cells divided and grew to the beat of her heart. Our skin, hair, heart, lungs, and bones were nourished by her blood, blood that was awash with the neurochemicals formed in response to her thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. If she was fearful [or] anxious..., our bodies knew it. If she felt safe, happy, and fulfilled, we felt that too...
...every daughter contains her mother and all the women who came before her."
Dr. Christiane Northrup

Motherhood is the ideal time to "live in the moment" because it is the perfect time to see life in action, to witness your child taking his first step, picking her first flower, walking out the door for his first day of school, or leaving with a fine young man on her first date. These thing will never happen again.
I love this oft-quoted proverb, which seems so applicable to my life right now:
   The cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
   For babies grow up, I've learned, to my sorrow.
   So quiet down, cobwebs! Dust, go to sleep!
   I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
                             - Author unknown
Teenagers grow up fast, too. And so do grandchildren. Wouldn't it be great if we could somehow just down and really watch our children - at every age - change before our eyes?
Rather than trying to be Supermom, try being simply Mom - and let the wonder in your child's eyes give you the strength to keep on going.
Jane Clayson Johnson

"Don't judge someone until you've walked a mile in her shoes."

In August will be 2 years since I'm home only for my family and I think often that if you want to do everything right, by yourself (cooking, laundry, cleaning, daily walks in park, blogging ;-), education...), with a lot of help from husband!, 24 hours is no time enough! So I totally agree with Jane when she says that stay-at-home-moms shouldn't use the "just" word, but simply say proudly "I am a mother"!
Being a mother is more than enough, and it's such a pity that it's considered by many as "doing nothing"!
Anyway, I feel so uplifted everytime I remember that somebody once said:
"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world".

Kisses from a happy mother!

P.S.: On a scale from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) I give for "I am a mother" by Jane Clayson Johnson an 8.

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Maria said...

.......nota maxima...10 !!!!!!!!

Bogdan said...

"with a lot of help from husband!", hai ca asta mi-a mers la inima :).

PS: Ralu, fanii asteapta postari noi!! Pai ce se intampla??

Raluca said...

@Bogdan: energia mea in aceasta perioada e cam sub nivelul marii. Dar ptr. fanii mei o sa fac un efort cat de curand si o sa postez.

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