Mother's Day Monday

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

The glowing orb of celebratory mom's day fare has probably been pulled off the fridge by now, but I wanted to share this lovely thought with all the Mom's out there who might get this quote. It resonated with my today and made me right a bullet style letter to myself 12 years ago:

Dear New Mother,

Be kind to yourself, just as your baby is new to the world, so are you.
You are fragile and new and so tender.
A piece of you has been exposed to the world, you are so keen on protecting it and nurturing it and that you don't realize that you too need nourishment and protection.
Let the new mother that you have become find her own legs, her own voice, her own purpose.
You will be tempted to fall back and become the mother you had.
It will seem so much easier.
Let her walk beside you, but do not confuse her voice for your own.
This is your path, she has walked her own for good or ill.
You won't be perfect.
That's okay.
Be better than you were yesterday.
You are not lost, you were not left in the birthing room forgotten.
Breathe.
Be in the moment, remember your dreams, have patience.
Delight in your child, in those who support and love you both.
Live a life well lived.

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