"Always needing to stay immediate by removing what is no longer real is the working definition of "sacrifice" - giving up with reverence and compassion what no longer words in order to stay close to what is sacred"
- Mark Nepo
Moms sacrifice giving up so much and do so all the time that we don't even notice. Like breathing air, you only think about it when you're suffocating because it's not there at all. I love this quote from Mark Nepo because he reminds us sacrifice is not just about loosing something, it's about recognizing what doesn't work so you can let it go in honor of making room for what's most important. Moms let go of so much to energize their kid's own dreams. In honor of mothers and those who mother by virtue of the work they do, the Sun-day Design for this week is sacrifice. In addition to the flowers, I want you to give the gift of SACRIFICE to you and your mom.
The best gift you can give your mom is to recognize the ways she's shown up in support for your life. It could be her putting off her education, turning down a promotion that would keep her away from the home, not buying a new car, whatever it is. Thank her by telling her EXACTLY what you know she's sacrificed for you. She will appreciate that message as much as any gift you put in a box. If your mom is not an email or phone call away, write a letter and store that note in box with your other memoirs of mom.
It's time you now sacrifice something for mom. Maybe you spend a day with her doing her favorite thing - gardening, grocery shopping, a day at the spa. Whatever would make her feel great. Again, if mom's not her physically or spiritually, sacrifice and give some of your time or money to her favorite charity or organization in her honor.
Now do the same for you. Write a list of all the things you sacrifice and don't get to in pursuit of your dreams or other important commitments. For example, I don't travel as much as I'd like because I choose to sacrifice and use that money toward my dream as a parent which is to send my son on educational and experiential adventures around the world. My dream in giving him more travel experience as a teen is more precious to me than my own travel expeditions right now.
We all have to sacrifice something as we work toward our dreams. Take some time this week to honor the sacrifices your mom has made in being a parent to you and also the things you give up to pursue your role as a parent and other dreams. Let us know what you're willing to let go as you work toward being the beautiful and wonderful you.
The life we experience is designed to help us grow. My wish is that you learn from me as much as I learn from you. Share your life lessons and let's build together.