Brave and true will I be.
Each good deed sets me free.
Each kind word makes me strong.
I will fight for the right.
I will conquer the wrong.
Today is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels in the Western Church; more commonly referred to as Michaelmas. I love this day because not only does it shine like a beacon for me to look ahead to the coming months of winter and how I can fortify myself for this seasonal change, it powerfully reminds me of the choices I have to be brave and good.
Motherhood in and of itself is often an act of bravery. The responsibility of having a beautiful newborn and introducing them to a beautiful world is an act of bravery, and especially if we don’t feel the world is beautiful. When we, as adults, can see it marred by racism, oppression, injustice, it can be an extreme act to show our children through the only eyes they know that the world can be a good and beautiful world and there are good and beautiful people.
Motherhood can be physical acts of bravery. From sleep deprivation to dealing with bodies that feel different after giving birth or having multiple children, it can take courage, bravery and persistence to nudge ourselves back to health and not give up. Fight to treat yourselves right by taking care of yourselves! Be brave, mothers!
Motherhood can be brave when we choose to forge ahead on paths that are different than the norm, knowing that this path is right for our children and our family. It is courageous to make rhythms to our world in a time and place where chaotic busyness is the treasured theme of the media and everyone. “How are you?” “I am just SO BUSY!” says nearly everyone you meet. Why? Why is this treasured like a badge of honor? I think the real badge of courage is to stay home more, relax and laugh more, teach our children that they don’t need pages of acheivements in order to be human. Instead, teach them about forming relationships. Teach them about how people treat each other. Treat them to be upstanding human beings who do the right thing. Teach them to do the things that matter, and that our energy is finite. There are only so many things we can juggle at one time and be sane and healthy. That is bravery.
Motherhood can be brave when we are raising teenagers on the verge of driving, preparing for college, preparing for their own intimate relationships. We can be brave and true and wise in helping to guide our teenagers whilst also preparing them to make choices that nourish themselves and also set the tone for a different world. Help our teenager to change the world by being different, by being brave and true – by being beautiful.
Motherhood can be brave when all the children are gone and the house is empty. That transition of being older and all that experience of being brave brings something to the world!
Blessings and love,