Mother’s Day is in honor of the best mother who ever lived ─ the mother in your heart.
~ Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) Founder of Mother’s Day Celebration in the U.S.
I recently heard a graduating high school senior say, “As I look back upon these past four years, I realize that the best moments of all were the moments I spent volunteering with my mother. My mom is my greatest inspiration, and when I go off to college, I will miss the times we spent together helping other people.”
My eyes filled with tears. I had to turn away so the student and her mother wouldn’t see me cry. I missed my mom who died almost nine years ago. Taking a deep breath, I calmed myself by flashing onto one of the first stories written for Life Moments for Women, 100+ Extraordinary California Women Share Turning Points in Their Lives.
Kathie Armstrong’s, Magic in Sumba, about a mother-daughter team helping impoverished natives on a remote island village, made me smile! Suddenly, I felt connected to my mom’s spirit and was overcome with gratitude for the all motherly love and attention that she had showered upon me for over fifty years.
Still, not every moment with my mother was love-filled and perfect. Karen Caplan’s A Watershed Moment reminds me that “the truth is that my mom is the perfect mother for me, because if she wasn’t who she was, I wouldn’t be who I am now.” Thank you, Karen, for courageously sharing your story of personal growth.
Like Nancy McFadden’s A Life Well-Lived, I worried that my mother never had “the opportunity to enjoy what I thought should be a full life.” In The Meaning of Grace, I shared Debra Nakatomi’s sudden awakening! I, too, had taken on some of my mother’s characteristics ─ and it was “a huge moment of self awareness!”
In Becoming a Better Daughter, Nina Craft’s entitlement attitude is transformed into joy after signing up to make the sacrifices for a more loving relationship with her mom. In From My Heart, Dianne Callister, 2010 National Mother of the Year, walks in her birth mother’s footsteps when she was invited to play her Irish harp at a Mother’s Day Luncheon at a Salvation Hospital for unwed mothers in East Los Angeles.
These heartfelt mother-daughter moments are only a small sampling of what lies within the pages of Life Moments for Women. Also included are stories of hope and courage, overcoming obstacles, making a difference, taking risks, love, loss, and letting go, leadership, and pushing beyond boundaries that stand in the way.
Life Moments for Women is the perfect gift for you ─ and the mother in your heart. Buy a copy for all the special women you know: moms, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, girl-friends, customers and co-workers. It even makes a great gift for the important men in your life!
Remember, 100% of the profits from this book will be given to the Women’s Foundation of California!
We hope you will seek out a quiet moment and reflect upon these beautiful stories. They are our gift to you in the beautiful month of May. Please share your thoughts with us. Let us know what you think. Can you think of a moment that transformed your life? What did you learn? Who will you share your lesson with?
Thank you to all the women in Life Moments for Women for contributing a part of your journey with us. Your stories of courage and self-discovery will enrich our lives today, tomorrow and in the years to come. These are by far “The Best Moments of All!”
Love & happiness,