You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
And so, this will probably be the last pregnancy post and also the last episode of the pregnancy portrait series. (Sorry for posting this late, as I was too excited for the arrival… Hehe…)
You can read about the previous episodes here:
[Part I] I Am Still Me
[Part II] Bye Bye My Secret Dressing Room
[Part III] Happiness Starts From Within
[Part IV] Love Is Patient
It certainly feels like I have been pregnant for a life time long. And at the very last few days before the arrival of the baby, I have been thinking about how motherhood actually changes a woman.
It’s all about being stronger.
Don’t get me wrong, strong is not about looking tough.
If you were to simply look at my mother, you probably wouldn’t think she seems all that tough. Chances are she is wearing bright colors, sparkling jewelry, fresh lipstick, and a beautiful smile. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, beneath her feminine charms lies one strong woman.
It’s kinda like a quiet strength, which I believe to be greatest gift God has given to mothers. It is the kind of strength that builds people up rather than tearing them down. It’s the kind that inspires those around her to be more like themselves rather than more like her. It’s a kind that speaks of faith, hope, and love without a single word.
After becoming a mother myself, I secretly wish that I can grow to be like a mother like mine. She’s thrived, inspired, and found the silver lining in every situation. She knows it’s not what you do in life that matters, it’s how you do it. When you live a life of faith, kindness, encouragement, optimism and love, you can’t help but find success.
Since I was a little girl, I look up to her with awe. To her miraculous sparkle, to her steadfast spot in my world and I feel at peace. Thanks to my mother, I know that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Not only because my mother believed in me, but because she taught me how to find strength and faith in myself.
And that’s a mother — a woman — with the best kind of power, if you ask me.
The world is celebrating Mother’s Day this coming Sunday by recognizing the extraordinary women in our lives. I hope that it will inspire you to thank your own mother, or the mother who most inspires you.
And what’s your story on motherhood? Do share with us at the comment box below :)
Here’s my favourite quote:
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Robert Schuller
Thank you so much for reading and have a Happy Mother’s Day!
[Pregnancy Portrait Part IV] Love Is Patient
[Pregnancy Portrait Part II] Bye Bye My Secret Dressing Room
[Pregnancy Portrait Part III] Happiness Starts From Within