For the mothers in my life… My ode to you!

I had not intended to write a Mother’s Day blog post at all. It really is not what my focus here is about. Also, I am not terribly fond of Mother’s Day myself.  Yes, it is important to acknowledge those in a motherly role, but I very much feel that it is something that should be shown and expressed with great regularity rather than just on one specific day of the year.

My heart and head have been all over the map today. It has saddened me to read rants from people about their mothers, begrudging having to spend time, effort &/or money on these women that have had an impact on their lives. No mother is perfect (I know this all too well, as I have not had the best relationship with my own.) Like it or not, someone had to bring you into this world and give you life. You seriously begrudge a person that has extended this to you, or in some cases someone that may not have had the physical capability to do so, but opened their heart and their arms to make you theirs, a few minutes of your time? This is not about you. This is about them! Use this as an opportunity to say thank you! It really is the least you can do for a woman that helped you get to where you are – whether through positive example and loving, or through difficult lessons that have strengthened and helped you to grow into the person you have become. In most cases, they gave you life, a safe upbringing & some sort of support and nurturing. Is that not worth setting aside any kind of animosity for a few moments?

Motherhood is a challenge. There is no doubt of that. When you bring a new life into the world, you are setting your own heart out there to wander unprotected. This also means that the greatest joys always blossom from these experiences. As a child grows, so does a mother. It is one of those things you will never truly understand unless/until you walk in those same steps.

I am proud to say that I am surrounded by many magnificent mothers, who have taught me a great deal and have inspired me to no end! Some have been people I have known my entire life. Others, I have only known a short time. Please know that each of you have touched me in your own way. So thank you for that! The stories and experiences you have shared have not gone unrecognized, even though I may not always say something verbally. I still tuck that information into my brain and my heart. The stories and photos I have been fortunate enough to see and read have brought many smiles and even a few tears. Forgive me for not naming names, as I am terrified to forget someone unintentionally. BUT, if you are reading this & you know that I know you – whether face-t0-face or because you live in my laptop or Blackberry, YOU are one of these inspirational women in my life.

I am not particularly religious (although I was raised firmly entrenched in it.) However I have a few thoughts to share with you, that although they stem from religion (or religious people) that I am sure will bring comforting thoughts & perhaps a smile about the importance of mothers.

“Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels.”

During my professional career as a doctor of medicine, I was occasionally asked why I chose to do that difficult work. I responded with my opinion that the highest and noblest work in this life is that of a mother. Since that option was not available to me, I thought that caring for the sick might come close. I tried to care for my patients as compassionately and competently as Mother cared for me. – Elder Russell M. Nelson

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Upcoming Events! May 15, 28 & 29

One of the biggest challenges is just getting out there to meet new people!  Calgary is an odd city that way.  Many people are friendly, but with how transiant the city has become, it has become much more difficult to meet people – especially if you are a newcomer.

That said, Calgary has a FABULOUS Twitter community.  Tweetups are held regularly and new people are always welcome and encouraged to come out! Just watch Twitter for invites floating around – most are open to anyone, so take a chance and Tweet back to whomever is tweeting about it to find out more.

I have three on the go right now! One is specifically geared towards singles.  All I ask is that if you are planning on attending, just send me a note so I can adjust any reservations or plans accordingly. 🙂 Also, if you do come out and are new, we will make sure you feel comfortable and have a great time!  Nothing worse than being the overlooked new person – it will not happen with me around.

May 15 – #yyceats – This is a group of people that enjoy going out, trying new foods, while enjoying the company of friends.  Ethiopian is the theme for the evening (we will be at Blue Nile in Kensington at 7pm.)  Our third outing & always a great time. The people that attend are different each time, so please don’t be shy about jumping in! Many meet up at The District for a drink or two before dinner. If you do not drive, someone is always happy to have you jump in with them.

May 28 – Our very first singles tweetup! (To my knowledge at least.) Plans are only just forming. If you have ideas, shoot them my way! Right now, we are loosely planning on hitting Garage at Eau Claire Market for an evening of shooting pool and mingling.

May 29 – A welcome to #yyc tweetup for @netchick, who is a wonderful lady from #yvr and was very active in the Twitter community out there. She will have just recently returned from her honeymoon and I am sure will be full of stories to share! Great opportunity for anyone new to come to come out as you are guaranteed to not the only one there.  This will be happening at Brewsters in McKenzie Towne at 2pm. Pray for sunshine as they have an amazing rooftop patio!