Mother’s Day always used to feel a little awkward. It was a day I looked forward to with expectations that were never fulfilled because wanting to be appreciated never sets anyone up for success.
What does it depend on when we have experienced a month as a fulfilled time, our time, instead of a time that has passed us by … and we’re not sad because it is past, but because we couldn’t do anything with it? So, the question was not how long is a month, but rather: What can you do for yourself with the time of a month? When is it that I have the impression that this month was all mine? The fullness of time that yawns when the barrage of appointments falls silent? Aren’t those wonderful things? A heavenly situation? So why the fear of it? -Pascal Mercier
What The French Know About Radiance
A few years ago, a wise french woman in Paris explained to me that it is very important for French women to care for themselves a bit every day. That way, they have more energy and beauty to bring to all those they come into contact with throughout the day.
I remember walking away from the conversation believing what she said to be true but not comprehending how to do it. Before this journey, I was well versed in sacrificing my time, my energy, my physical health for others, and I felt tired. I can recall the exact moment I looked up as I walked the streets of Paris.
I could see evidence of radiance everywhere. It was not just the extrinsic effortless style, but a sense of self that I had rarely felt in the past. There were a rhythmic pace and relaxed joy that was magnetic in many women I observed. It wasn’t something one could fake, at least not in my experience.
Traveling Through Time
I realize now after 1,335 days on the road, it is more important to take care of oneself a bit every day, than to expect others to fill the dry well one day a year. Since we have been traveling, I take time each day to exercise, to write, and to play. I take time to be present and to give back and I take time to give thanks.
This will be my fourth mother’s day since leaving on this journey. This year I am making a renewed commitment to spend time every day in appreciation of myself, my family, and my surroundings and I want you to join me …
Accepting The Challenge
Whether you are a mother or father, sister, or brother, between May 1st and May 13th, commit to doing one small thing each day that makes you feel cared for, by you!
Being mindful of your well-being can be as simple as a nap or a walk in the park. The key is to write it down, make a note of it, and even take a snapshot if you are inspired to share the moment. Hashtag livit (#livit) at any time during the next two weeks on your IG or Facebook account and on May 14th, Mother’s Day, we will feature the most inspiring capture on our Instagram page @livologyblog.
We would love to hear from you about your experience taking care of yourself. Just doing a little something every day will transform your expectations of others in big ways by putting the accountability back on you.
We often expect appreciation to come from others when we know it is a gift only we can give ourselves. We know if you accept this challenge, May 14th will be a day you, and your mother will never forget.
Today’s Tweetable: French Inspired Mother’s Day Mindfulness Challenge