Every day, we pose a question to the members of Gaia, Gaiam’s online community for individuals committed to creating healthy lives of meaning and purpose. Recently, we asked our community for answers to the question, “What have you learned from your mother?” In honor of Mother’s Day, here are a few of our favorite responses:
“What have I learned from my mother? How to set a gorgeous table; how to wrap presents and make the bows to go on them; to always remember birthdays and special days in the lives of family and friends; good manners; an appreciation of how special fresh-cut flowers are in the house; how to savor a sunny, bright day; the importance of visits with friends; that you should always poke potatoes before baking (she once had one explode in the oven); giggling; a love of live theater; the pleasures of singing; how to bake amazing cookies.” – F.S. North Carolina
“I learned a great deal from my mother, but what stands out in my reflections is how to remain hopeful even in the worst of times. My mother lived through so many adversities, but she always maintained a positive attitude towards life. We had misunderstandings and intense conflicts when I was growing up, and today, looking back at those episodes, I feel equipped to be a better mother to my own child.” – Armila, Vancouver,
“Of all her talents and features and accomplishments, one technique of my mother’s stands out: her ‘mothering’ capabilities. She’s the closest thing to a universal mother I know, full of compassion and caring and unconditional love for each and every soul.
And this is what I’ve learned from her: to love the entire world of children unconditionally. By children, I mean old and young, whether one week old or 99 years old. We are all children. We were all somebody’s baby at some point. We all need love and sunshine to thrive and grow. I learned from her to be like the sun and touch all that comes in my path with love and motherly sunshine.
Thanks, Mom. Here’s to you. On your next birth, may other souls be lucky enough to be born in your heart and home.” – Amy, Toronto, ON
“My mother taught me how to love. She had a passion for the rights and well being of all those who are less fortunate. She gave me a copy of the Tao Te Ching when I was a teenager, even though she didn’t understand it. She kept an open mind to the explorations of her children, and supported whatever direction we wanted to go, as long as it was a path with heart.” – Forrest, Albuquerque, NM
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