Greetings, Luminous One, and Happy Mother's Day!
It seems so appropriate that we acknowledge mothering today in the context of Courage, for aren't mamas the first ones to teach bravery?
It is a mother who enCourages the inevitable movement away from her, gut-wrenching as that may be; from birth to wobbly first steps to striding across stage to receive a diploma, and beyond, she gives the nudges for her offspring to explore despite her fears.
Becoming responsible for another's heartbeat, whether 2-legged or 4, demands the embrace of "don't know mind" where the only certainty is that as that heartbeat grows, there's no controlling Nature's wandering course.
What could be scarier than that?
Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn't know you had, and dealing with fears you didn't know existed. -Linda Wooten
Ideally, a mother's Courage grows commensurate to her young because though she knows the world has its dangers, Nature requires her to wrestle her inner worries into silence so as not to hamper her child's expansion.
This kind of Courage is built though a daily determination to accept less and less control, and develop more and more trust.
Courage is not obtained from a single action but nurtured through a habit of courageous decisions over a lifetime. -M. McCall
We face our fears and lean into the faith that the vulnerable will be protected.
We learn to "let go and let God*." (*Insert the word you prefer.)
Even if we've never borne children, we've all nurtured something - classrooms, barnyards, even gardens - all of which takes tremendous Courage and faith that our gamble to lovingly guide another will bear beautiful fruit someday.
And to some extent, we learned that first at our mother's Courageous knee.
So, let's take a moment to thank our brave mothers for all the ways they supported our development into the bold, loving human beings that we are.
Much love and infinite blessings,