“Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.” – Mahatma Gandhi
As I woke this morning, I breathed deeply at the thought of this video being put into the world today. What in the world did I decide to do? Sometimes I want to curse myself for being so vulnerable. But, I know that in order to heal and move forward, sharing openly is important.
Enter this video.
First, I’d like to say a quick note to my Mom . . .
Mom, I can’t begin to guess what you think about the video, but I would like to say thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you’ve given me. Neither of us could have known how anything would have turned out and without the incredible gift you’ve given me, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today. It scares me to think that maybe you’ll take this as a ‘bad’ thing, but honestly, it’s quite amazing. I feel very blessed to be in the position I am in and hopeful that you’ll be open to embracing this truth of mine. I love you very much! xoxo
Going forward, we all have many many teachers in our lives. Some of our greatest teachers will present themselves to us as our greatest challenges, and that’s okay. It’s through the openness and willingness to explore and uncover that you will then begin to understand and embrace the lesson you’ve been given to learn.
With relation to my Mom, for many years I had held a judgment around who she was, what she had done (or not done), her parenting style, and what being a mother should mean. Because I held so much judgment, I was continually allowing myself to get stuck and use our relationship and what was happening as an excuse to not move forward in my own life. You can read more here, if you’d like.
Ultimately, it wasn’t unless and until I was able to see and embrace that my Mom really IS one of my greatest teachers, that I could then fully embrace her for who she really is, which means fully embracing myself. What does this mean for our relationship going forward? I’m not sure because relationships are always a two way street. What I know for certain, though, is that since learning this lesson – the lesson of how to fully and completely love myself – I am free to continue moving forward fully and completely on my journey.
We all have lessons. We all have many teachers. In fact, I would say that every single relationship we are a part of is a lesson to some degree. I know that I’ll be looking at my relationships with a new focus. I’ll be taking a step back and asking, “What is the lesson I’m REALLY meant to embrace?” I encourage you to consider doing the same. It might not always be easy, but I guarantee it IS worth it.
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