Is Mother’s Day happy or painful for you? For me, it’s bittersweet because I lost my mom when I was 18. It took me years to grieve her loss.
But nowadays I don’t get stuck in the sadness because there are too many other things to be glad about.
Recently author friend Leslie Leyland Fields wrote a post about forgiving our Mothers. She says,
Dear Friends, here comes the most fraught day of the year, I believe!! Some daughters and sons have marvelous relationships with their mothers. Many don’t. When Mother’s Day comes around, way too many people of every age struggle with conflicting feelings. Hurts, past and ongoing, often cripple our relationships. How do we get through this day? More, how do we move forward without getting lost in the past?
You know it: Forgiveness is the best way forward. I’m not going to tell you it’s easy, but here are 6 irresistible reasons to begin! (And be sure to make your way to the last one, because maybe it’s the most compelling reason of all??)
One of the things that makes me happiest is being creative. I put together a Mother’s Day video for my daughter. I had a lot of fun with this playful song.
For Mother’s Day I think my family and I will be hanging out at a food truck. Nothing special, but it will be great for all of us to be together.
Will you be celebrating Mother’s Day? How so?
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."