gifts that my mother cherished

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Integrity usually comes to people slowly and takes them unawares, as part of a natural process of maturing or through the need to be there for someone else who is counting on them. With certain people we may get to try on a greater wholeness for a time, to actually experience being more. These experiences are a sort of grace. They help us to know not only the direction of our personal wholeness but how it feels and even tastes. Everyone’s wholeness is unique and even such common role models as Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Schweitzer can distance us from ourselves. Our wholeness fits us better than theirs. Our wholeness is much more attainable for us than theirs ever could be. Our wholeness exists in us now. Trapped though it may be, it can be called upon for guidance, direction, and most fundamentally, comfort. It can be remembered. Eventually we may come to live by it.     ~Rachel Naomi Remen

she never forgot me…….how did she know?

inquiry for today~  who will you mother today? and how will you honor the complexities of hope and grace?

in touch with her knowing

My mother gave me the courage to pursue my dreams, making me believe in myself and that I could achieve anything I put my mind to. When I was growing up my mother always said, “Live for today and tomorrow will look after itself.” At that time, it helped me dismiss worries that I might have about scary events that were coming up. Her greatest gift to me was self-belief, which is something I have tried to pass on to my own children.     ~my mother’s gifts

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