Women, we are all gorgeous chaos - contradictory creatures. We are often accused of changing our minds, we are unpredictable and dependable, strong and soft, fierce protectors who are afraid of spiders and snakes, educated intellectuals who have no interest in changing our own tires (unless you tell us we can't.) We are amazing center stage material and yet as mothers are content to sit in the audience and bask in the glory of our children.
This Mother's Day appreciate the mysterious nature of the women around you
I recently heard a friend's son speak about his mother with such love and reverence it led me to ponder the mysterious contradictory nature of my gender - woman. He said his mother hated and feared confrontation, so much so, she was almost totally incapable of protecting herself. If confronted by a kitten she would give in, BUT if an evil biker gang had ever threatened one of her children it would have been a different story. To protect her children she would have drawn a line in the sand, given the biker gang what for and heaven help them all if they tried to cross the line and hurt one of her babies. It would have been bye-bye bikers.
While I pondered this description of my friend, I realized the far reaching truth in her son's statement. Some of the greatest women in history have risen from obscurity, simple house wives, mere girls and unknown nobodies to change the course of mankind.
For example, Rosa Parks was a contradictory heroin. She was an African American woman who lived in the deep south of the United States when women and African American's held no power. She refused to give up her seat on a bus. Her act of defiance is widely believed to have sparked the civil rights movement that changed the course of our country. Many assumed it was because she was tired, but she explained that she was an activist before the incident on the bus.
She said, "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
And so it was that a woman, of no previous noteworthy importance, changed the face of a nation for women like her.
Following World War II, it was a young girl that touched the hearts of nations, made us laugh and weep and moved us to want to protect the innocent forever.Anne Frank kept a personal diary. Even though she died in a concentration camp, this child changed hearts. Her words have stirred millions and after her death continue to educate generation after generation about the atrocities of war and the murder of the world's Jewish citizens.
History is filled with amazing women: Saint Joan of Arc, a 13-year old girl who saved a nation, Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who inspires charity in us all, and grandmothers and mothers who teach us we can do anything we set our mind to.
There is a common theme among the women I have listed. They all served others selflessly, not asking for power or recognition, quietly becoming great because the human soul resonates when it witnesses true beauty.
I believe that every woman has the power to change the world by the very nature of her paradoxical soul. Most women will go without the most basic of human necessities, sacrificing their own needs to meet the needs of their children, and yet if necessary will go to war to protect their home and family.
This Mother's Day commit to see the beauty in the women around you, to learn to serve by following their example, to learn to love by falling into their comforting arms and to change the world one heart at a time.