I am so honored to have an opportunity to be your Holiday Mom . . .
When my son called me from college to tell me that he was coming out, I felt like the luckiest mom in the world. I always knew that he was special, but I had no idea how courageous he was. I didn’t understand what he had been through during his childhood years, and I felt like a horrible mother for making him feel like he might need to hide his true nature. Within minutes however, we were both laughing at the irony of his situation – he was literally calling me from the closet of his dorm room! I laughed until I cried. We both realized that we just needed to let the past go and make sure that we move forward with love every day. Our journey since then has been one of love and support. I want to share that love and support with you too. Let’s all let the past go and move forward with love.
Whatever your religion, origin, political affiliation, orientation, or body, I believe we are all the same inside. You are a unique expression of YOU and the world is lucky to have you! Your journey may have been difficult so far, but I am here to celebrate you for who you really are – a wondrous ray of light expressing your own uniqueness and love. Have you felt loved by the world? Whether you answered yes or no, I am here today to tell you that you are a wonderful, fabulous creation and I can’t wait to see what you do in this world! And I love you whether you love yourself or not, never expecting you to be perfect.
Just in case you don’t have a family to celebrate with this year, I would like to pass on the same advice I hope my own children receive and consider. It just doesn’t seem like a family gathering unless someone is there to give you advice!
- Honor your body and take care of it. If you aren’t healthy, the world can’t receive your benefit!
- Find the positive in all situations and declare it loudly.
- Spread your joy and love wherever you can whether people want to hear it or not. They will eventually listen.
- Learn to love yourself in the way you need to be loved – in this way you don’t have to depend on others’ opinions and judgment. You can love others who need it.
- Turn your journey into a message to help others – find your purpose.
We don’t celebrate holidays in a religious way, however we do have family feasting and holiday cookies. Please make some of your favorite holiday foods and enjoy this time. I will be thinking about you every day and hoping that your holiday season is warm and full of love. Enjoy any holiday rituals you choose, and spread your uniqueness to everyone you see. I will be there watching in spirit!
Beth, Your Holiday Mom