May 9, 2010

What Mom Taught Me: Courage Redefined

On Mother’s Day I can’t help but think about what a huge influence my mom has had on the person I have become today. It wasn’t just the things she said growing up, but the way she constantly taught me through her example. Through her actions she has taught me that it doesn’t take being the loudest person in the room to have a strong influence; nor is influence limited to one’s career. My mom has taught me influence comes from the way you live your life, the way you love people, and the way you serve others.

Knowing what a huge influence my mom has had on me, gives me new hope for the impact I can make on my children. So, I thought I’d write a poem about what my mom's life example has taught me:

I used to think this was courage:

OR if I could do a great heroic act, rescuing my children from harm, would that make me courageous?

My mom has taught me something else. So what is courage?

“Courage Redefined”

Courage is a powerful choice
Only sometimes expressed through voice.

It doesn’t come outwardly from strength or size.
Courage comes from the depths inside.

Courage is choosing to love
In the face of rejection.

Choosing to serve
Without recognition.

Choosing to be generous
Without expecting gratitude.

Choosing to influence
Even by your attitude.

Choosing to forgive
When you can’t understand.

Choosing to do right
When it’s not a demand.

Refusing to quit
After failure and loss.

Asking for help
When carrying your cross.

Courage is giving of yourself
Without all the guarantees.

And that is what my mom has taught me.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you courageous mommies out there!

Posted by Laura


Lift Like A Mom said...

What a great post!! And that picture is too cute. I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day with your adorable children!!

Diana Stone said...

Happy Mother's Day. Just from reading your posts I know what an incredible mom you are and how blessed your children are to have you.

And I hate roller coasters. Going on them is like a form of torture. :)

Cindy @ This Adventure, Our Life said...

That is a great post! I love it!! I also used to think courage was doing things that put your life on the edge, but as I have grown to learn it is not so much.

Hope you had a great Mother's Day!!

Melodramommy said...

Thanks all : ) Happy Mother's Day! And, I loved your posts too.

msrevolution said...

love the poem! happy (late) mother's day!