At the conclusion of my "glitter series" (read post one and post two), would you like to know what glitter I see?
YOU! You, you, you, you, you, you! If we are going to talk about sparkly stuff -- and if "Glitter Week" is going to be about recognizing the glitter -- then surely WE are included in that. As mothers and as women, we ARE the glitter! Dr. Hilda Ruch, who wrote a wonderful book titled, "Women Create," said, "Women's voices are crucial. Women affect history. Daughters, mothers, and wives influence families, communities, nations, and the world."
She is talking about YOU. She is talking about ME. She is talking about all of us! We matter a great deal to our children and our families, and when they think of us they will remember the sparkle.
So let your light shine for your children, your friends, your families. Let them see you sparkle. Teach them what that means by your powerful example. Smile. Be positive. Laugh often. Leave people -- to include your loved ones -- and places -- to include your home -- better than you found them.
Washington Irving said this, "A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." Isn't that beautiful? Mothers can do that.
So have courage and take care! Fight to find the joy in the "everyday motherhood." Be happy and try, try, try to see good days! Practice mindfulness and make a concerted effort to look for the glitter in your life. I promise you that you will find it!
And above all else, remember that the glitter is YOU.