As Mother’s Day comes to a close…

Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who has loved, nurtured, encouraged, babysat, taught, smiled at, given a box of cookies to, or in any way, uplifted the life of another human being!

And, yes, some of us also are even moms to four-footed beings;-)  As Oprah says, “biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” This day is for the mother inside all of us.

My own wonderful mother, Mary Lue Phillips, surrounded by my sisters Lori and Susan and me in the photo above, has been my greatest influence.

Her warmth, caring and sense of fun filled my childhood with joy; her insistence upon my getting an education after she was denied one; and her belief in me and my abilities gave me a strong foundation to launch my dreams.

Even though my family struggled as I was growing up, especially financially, her positive outlook, tenacity and ability to solve any problem provided the blueprint for perseverance in my own work and life. Thank you for being so awesome, Mom!

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Still, this day has been filled for many of us with feelings ranging from deep sadness and longing to great joy and appreciation.  I was so grateful to be able to start my own day with a delightful call to my mother.  Then, after I hung up, it hit me what I was sadly missing.

I was to have spent Mother’s Day in Washington, D.C. with my mother-in-law, MOTUS. After she died on April 22, I couldn’t even bear to call the airline and cancel the ticket. So, I lit my pretty Jane’s Caramel Glassybaby candle (thank you, Women on Fire member Laura Tiberi) and silently thanked my sweet mother-in-law for all her love.

Over the past few days, there seemed to be more articles about mothers than usual, perhaps because this year was the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day.

Of all I read, my two favorite articles were written by women whose work I deeply respect, Hope Edelman and Sheila Weller. And, I thought as a close to Mother’s Day you might be touched by what they had to say, too.

Hope is a best-selling author and founder of the “motherless daughters” movement. Mother’s Day — When Mother Is Gone is poignant and powerful.

Sheila is a dear friend and author of the ground-breaking biography Girls Like Us and later this fall The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour  — and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News.

Life-Lessons From My Mother, the National Enquirer Scoop Artist is not to be missed for its universal appeal in loving and caring at end-of-life.

Enjoy one last moment of Mother’s Day 2014 with Hope and Sheila’s articles.

So, whether you are a biological mother or one who lovingly mothers, being a mother is an attitude, an attitude of love and caring that changes the world. 🙂

Have a great week!

I head to Martha’s Vineyard and Las Vegas.  And, I’ll see monthly members Tuesday night on our Live Chat where the topic we’ll be discussing is: How To Take Risks, Personally and Professionally.

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