Being a woman, whether single, married, a mother, employed or not, places a huge responsibility on her shoulders. March is a month for all the amazing women who have contributed to the lives of hundreds of people. It could simply be related to family members or extended to the other side of the globe and across the oceans. Being a woman is a gift by itself despite all the pain she endures, the sacrifice she makes, and the commitment she constitutes. What is more special is that she consumes her energy with absolute love and unconditional devotion. The beauty of her body’s composition to conceive and create the miracle of life – a whole new being – is by itself a marvel.
Last month I attended a workshop organized by Mrs. Esraa Bani, founder and CEO of momsguidead, and presented by Saman Hussain noetic coach. The main discussion revolved around the leading elements of self-renewal. It was a fulfilling experience as it helped me visualize myself and rediscover my inner peace. In fact it was a blissful moment as Ms. Hussain made us meditate and unearth our inner selves.
I do not know if it is by chance or as Kaldera says, “There is no such thing as coincidence, I say. It is synchronicity”, but I was in the process of reading Black Milk by Elif Shafak. In her book, Shafak describes all of those inner voices we possess as women; the rational, the mother, the daughter, the ambitious, the believer, the career women, and the list is endless. I remember that when I embarked the journey of motherhood almost 11 years ago, I particularly discussed this issue with my own mother and shared with her the various ways I perceived my multiple roles as a person. I am the wife, the friend, the daughter, the cook, the house cleaner, the teacher, the chauffeur and I do not know what other roles I might also uptake as I proceed with my life. And yes, the list is still adding up, as these tiny voices continue to contribute in my life. However, out of all the titles I have had so far, being a Mom still is the most honourable one! It is a glorious occupation!
Through the journey of motherhood I grew and matured as I learned about new strengths I did not know I possessed, tiring challenges I was not sure I will overcome, and contradictory emotions I was not aware of. Like every committed mom we thrive through the dilemma of motherhood; whether we are doing it right or wrong. Like every other devoted mom we have guilt plaguing our inner peace. Like every concerned mom we are worried about what kind of future we are offering our children. Like every apprehensive mom we want them to be ecstatic having us as their moms.
So to all the moms out there I say, “You are not the only mom who faced issues with her children. You are not the only wife who struggled at the beginning of her journey as a married lady. You are not the only career women who had to drop off her employment for the sake of her family. You are not the only teacher who might have failed in the eyes of her children when you did not know how to answer a certain question. But you are also the loving mom, the positive person, the cuddly bear, the serene parent, the caring teacher, and the educated role model. You are not alone in all of this. “
During this special month, I would like to take this opportunity to embrace each other for the fact of being women who are solid, free, loving, devoted, and mostly courageously ambitious.