Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Special: Compassionate Care

Reflecting on my younger days always brings back wonderful memories of the kind of parenthood my mother showed. Being the youngest in the family got extra attention and care, perhaps due to vulnerability and immaturity. I felt the love and care of my mother, who was there to look after all my needs and would protect me from harm and danger.

Though there were times that I would feel grown-up already and didn't need much help from her, I still longed for her presence whenever I felt lost and misguided. Growing up increased dependence. However, I couldn't help but rely on strength when I couldn't even care for myself when I was sick. My mother was there from sickness until regaining strength and got back to wellness again.

Growing up is only accessible with the role played by mothers. Although it's a right to be taken care of, the kind of love one gets from a mother is always a privilege. As a grown-up adult, I've seen different kinds of parenting, from elite families to the underprivileged. Immersing myself in the kind of living of upper-class families gave me a different perspective on where others greatly suffer. Some families live in extreme luxury while others sleep on the streets, defying all the security and safety threats and uncomfortable conditions. Although it is an eyesore to many passersby, I profoundly reflect on the kind of suffering. Why do people like them suffer in extreme poverty? Why do mothers can't give an extra level of care and love to their kids? Why do parents allow their kids to go and run naked on the street? There are many questions about suffering and how they can help themselves let go of it. 

In a deeper reflection about suffering, I've realized that it's a natural occurrence at any moment of our lives. Some had lived in poverty when they started but eventually escaped from it and now living their most extraordinary life in abundance and balanced living. Lost and helpless people will continue to suffer when they haven't learned a lesson from their past life until the present time, and the cycle goes on. Some people enjoy a life they deserve based on the energy they possess and the perseverance to live a resilient life -- an indispensable trait. 

When people start to give up on us, we remain resilient; when we lose faith in ourselves, we also remain resilient. When unshakable, we learn to fight the struggles and leave all the miseries behind. When we are young and can't fight for ourselves, our mother is there to rescue us, stand up for us, and become our voice when we can't speak for ourselves. A mother's unconditional love is always felt, and an inherent nature to always look after our well-being. 

From birth to adulthood, and when we are separated by great distance, there's always a feeling of mutual connection. A mother's compassionate care is felt miles away, giving a sense of greater love. We celebrate this loving connection at any moment in our lifetime by providing a special treat and making her feel loved and cared for. When we can't express it through words, we can always offer it through actions, and the bonding becomes much more vital than ever. A mother guides us all the way out and will always be with us in our minds and heart -- Mother's Day: A Celebration of Love makes us fully alive because of a different level of love we receive and the compassionate nature that we have learned to give it out to others who may need it most. 

The greatest give from our mother is to be loving and compassionate, and we extend this to other people in our lives. When others lose faith in humanity, we learn to understand and give ourselves a chance to serve unconditionally, just like what our mothers are showing us. No distance can separate us no matter where we are, and we learn to give back in any way that they will be more inspired to live the better life they truly deserve. A mother's compassionate care will always persevere, and her undying will always be forever in our hearts.