Every year, Mother’s Day is decked with extravagant bouquets of sundry
flowers, cards, gifts, and balloons to pay homage to our mothers – both living
Traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, Mother’s Day has always been historically
meaningful and continues to be observed as an official holiday throughout the
Though in various forms and traditions, humans have long been commemorating
Mother’s Day in the collective spirit of honoring our mothers.
Motherhood is described as the state or experience of having or raising a
child. To a great extent, this generalized
concept of motherhood is often defined and understood in the context of being a
mother who bears and rears a child.
Being a mother, however, often extends beyond the physical act of birthing
or raising a child. A true sense of motherhood can ultimately emerge from the
genuine act of nurturing and caring.
For this reason, motherhood can be assumed via the varied avenues whether it
be biological, surrogate, adoptive, or spiritual. And being a mom is not the
only prerequisite for embodying the sense of motherhood. Based on
each individual’s personal experience and meaning ascribed to it, the concept
of motherhood can be uniquely constructed.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta is the epitome of this unconventional motherhood. Although
she’s never birthed a child, she’s widely regarded and revered as the mother of
the most destitute and vulnerable as her entire life was devoted to caring for them.
Her legacy has boldly defied the traditional definition of what it means to be
Facet of Motherhood
If motherhood is not exclusively qualified by our biological makeup or rigidly
endorsed by certain parameters, then all of us (irrespective of our individual
differences) may be capable of adopting motherhood.
Every human being is born with the predisposition to be caring, respectful,
encouraging, gentle, kind, and loving.
These are the quintessential traits of a mother which have also been imparted
to every person since birth. And these inherent qualities are at the core of
who we are as human beings.
Whether we are mothers or not in the traditional sense, all humans have been
called to live a life in accord with our roots.
In this vein, the whole paradigm of motherhood may be challenged to
demystify its meaning and hence, its definition in a much broader and more
Then, motherhood in its conventional logic, may no longer be a convenient label
attached to those we singularly categorize and even stereotype as mothers.
Motherhood - the Archetype of Humanity
Mothers often exemplify the goodness of people. They constantly model for us
how to be distinct as humans, bringing out the best in human nature.
But mothers are not the only people who have been called to invoke these
rare but very human gifts. We all have been called to follow suit in our lifelong
endeavors to actualize this inheritance.
At the end of the day, this is the real purpose of our existence and
motherhood may be the ultimate vehicle through which are to live out this
purpose. If more of us can tap into and espouse the true essence of motherhood
in daily living, we may actually be able to make this planet even a better
place to live.
So, it may not be so far-fetched to construe motherhood as the prototype of humanity
– the blueprint of human life.
This Mother’s Day, we are once again reminded of this sacred calling and
asked to come together to celebrate it in concert with one another.
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