We celebrated the mother's day yesterday. As I sat at a resturant with my children, I could not help but notice the crowds of people waiting in line for more than an hour. The waiters rushing around to accomodate everyone.
It was as if all the people in the town had decided to dine out yesterday. I then began to wonder what the symbolism was behind all this. We celebrate special days like mothers day, father's day, veteran's day because we like to honor those who give of themselves so selflessly.
Unfortunately, the celebration has turned into commercialism and spending. I found myself to be a part of his culture of spending too. And, in our desire to celebrate the special people in our lives through spending we often forget the true meaning of what we are celebrating.
We cling to the symbol and discard what that symbol means. We cling to a day and forget what that day truly represents. Mother's day is a celebration of the gift of giving life.
Mothers day is a celebration of the deep love a mother has for her children. It is a celebration of the nurturing, caring and giving. But why does this celebration have to be once a year? Why is it important to eat out that day?
What happens the remaining of the 364 days? What if instead of waiting in a line for hours to eat at a restaurant, we gathered around our mothers and really honored them by listening to them, by expressing our love to them?
What would it be like to be in reverence of who our mothers are despite all their millions of fault? Instead of doing what has become a societal norm once a year what if we really honored them, took care of them and nurtured them as they got older and needed more of our help?
Not only that what if we looked little bit deeper and began honoring the Earth as our ultimate mother. What if we began treating it with reverence and awe? How would life on Earth be different if we all did that?
Yours in love, peace and gratitude
Shahina Lakhani RN MSN Author, Poet, Speaker, Holistic Life Change Strategist. She advocates using holistic strategies in personal empowerment, care of the sick, the dying and their loved ones. Shahina Lakhani has been a nurse for more than 25 years. She has worked as an educator, Nurse Practitioner and a Hospice Nurse. Her passion is to empower people to Live Powerfully and experience Wellbeing until their last breath.
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