This is a special Weekly Me because ultimately it is my role as a mother that drove me to create Devoted to Me.
As I’ve mentioned before, and what is detailed in My Story, it was a brief encounter with a complete stranger that gave me the overwhelming sense of responsibility and power all at the same time. I am responsible for what I bring to myself and to the world and I am powerful enough to do it. Words do not do this feeling justice. I knew that while it was the encounter that ultimately caused this feeling I see now that I was leading myself to this place all along. It was a gift that I had given to myself.
The question then became for me, how can I give this gift, this feeling of responsibility and power to my own children?
The answer was clearly I can’t. They have to give it to themselves. It’s the only way to feel and accept it at depth that it must be felt.
Our children’s lives are so much louder than ours was. Growing up, we had three TV channels no computer, no internet, no cell phone. Today, we give them 300 TV channels, computers and eventually a cell phone. All of this exposure creates noise that quiets their inner voice. Everyone around them tells them who they are and whether they matter. But what do they tell themselves?
In Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet where he speaks of children, there is a part that speaks so loudly to me as a mother. “You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
It was here that I understood we cannot and should not go back in time and shut out the world. All of this technology has brought the world closer together. It has expanded our knowledge and understanding of each other. It is time though to minimize it a bit. To teach our children how to drown out the noise and stay connected to the outside world at the same time.
Devoted to Me is my way of making my own as well as teaching my children how to make our inner voices the loudest and clearest ones we hear because it’s the only one that counts. It is a way of creating and staying connected to that feeling of responsibility and power.
I felt it was worthy enough to share it with the world.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Until next time…
Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you. Accept it. Pass it on.