Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know many moms and grandmothers will receive lovely gifts, gorgeous flowers, maybe even breakfast in bed. And let’s hope all mothers receive a break from any and all domestic duties!
But there is something from which most women never get a reprieve.
There is something that sticks with many women and mothers every single day of their life; and this “permanent fixture” prevents them from living in full and complete joy.
I am referring to that harsh, inner critic that lives and breathes in all of us, (some with voices louder than others).
I am talking about that negative, nagging voice that goes straight to our greatest insecurities, directly attacking our most vulnerable and tender places.
I am referring to the hurtful voice that we can never quite silence, no matter what age we are or how long or impressive our list of achievements.
But today, in honor of Mother’s Day, I am asking you to give one beautiful woman in your life a break from that voice.
And you have the power to do it.
For one woman today, you can replace the negative messages with words that are loving, accepting, and kind.
For one woman today, you can silence the mean and nasty inner critic and allow the voice of forgiveness, mercy and grace to speak.
“But how? I am not very good with words,” I can hear many of you say.
Not to worry, because words are my specialty. And I am honored to give them to you. The only condition is that you must share them with someone else.
These words are for any woman in your life who is a mother, has acted as a mother, or may one day become a mother.
This is for any woman you think deserves to have a little kindness, a little compassion, and a little love planted inside her heart to grow and flourish.
This is for any woman that comes to your mind as you read this.
This is for her…
You Deserve A Day
You deserve a day to feel beautiful in your own skin,
A day where certain body parts are neither too fat nor too thin.
You deserve a day to see your valued presence on this earth,
A day where age, weight, and IQ don’t determine your worth.
You deserve a day when you can speak your mind with ease,
A day where every dream you ever had is yours to seize.
You deserve a day where your thoughts go up like bright balloons,
A day without judgment and ridicule to last for many moons.
You deserve a day to feel good in the place you are,
A day to embrace your imperfections and heal your hidden scars.
You deserve a day to feel proud of the life you’ve made,
A day where regrets and past mistakes suddenly fade.
You deserve a day to be loved without restraint,
A day free from being judged as a sinner or a saint.
You belong in a valley with pink daffodils beneath your feet,
You belong in an orchard with apples tasty and sweet.
You belong on a lazy hammock with an icy cold drink in hand,
You belong in a field of yellow sunflowers fragrant and grand.
You belong in the sunshine and never in the rain,
You belong in a place of safety far from misery and pain.
You belong on an island with coconut breezes in your hair,
You belong in a peaceful sanctuary far from worry and care.
You belong in place of forgiveness and grace,
You belong with rays of hope shining on your face.
You deserve a day, if not one thousand more,
To be celebrated, appreciated, and lovingly adored.
If you received this today:
Someone thinks you are beautiful.
Someone thinks you are amazing.
Someone’s heart beats for you.
Someone is grateful for your love.
Someone can’t imagine life without you.
May all these good things come to you simply because you have loved someone like a mother, and there is no greater gift than that.
Today’s challenge is one of my favorite Hands Free tactics which is called, “Take Time to Say It.” Someone came to mind while you read this. You know what to do. Click the “share” button below. Send it as a message of gratitude for all she has added to your life. This message is meant to be shared. Let her know that she deserves at least a day, if not one thousand more.
wonderful! I love reading your writing. 🙂
Barb Black says
Beautiful! Thank you!!!
Trish D says
Oooooooo… thank you R! You have inspired me right from that very first night I found your blog. I practice all you share, daily. This post is especially profound for me, and you have a knowing..
For One Women today… and each day.. I will practice this too.
Rachel Macy Stafford says
You always, always have just the RIGHT words for me, Trish. Have I mentioned how glad I am that you are on this jounrey with me??? I am so grateful.
Susie Mc Sellers says
Precious! Hope you had a beautiful Mother’s Day! You are AMAZING! 🙂
Rachel Macy Stafford says
Wow, coming from a woman like you…WHAT A COMPLIMENT! Thank you for making my day!
Ruth Peon says
Dear Reachel, i admire you profoundly Thank you again for sharing your very kind, brave and honest heart, we all need it. I have also a Natalia and a Santiago. Love, Ruth