When I die, there will be no monument erected in my honour. There will be no State funeral or a big news story to tell of my passing. And I am okay with this. I am okay with this because I desire to leave a legacy of love in my sphere of influence, no matter how small it may be.
You are important
As mothers, if we ever doubt the impact we have on this world, we need only to look into the sweet face of our child or children. (If you need proof of how much they love you, just try using the bathroom alone for 2 minutes with a toddler in the house!). Choosing to be gentle and kind when our kids are having emotional outbursts speaks volumes about our love for them. Apologising when we mess up (perhaps with our own emotional outburst) speaks volumes and instils a legacy of valuing humility, honesty and integrity in our kids.
You will never be perfect, but you can be ‘good enough‘ to help those in your sphere of influence (your children, husband, friends) to feel loved and thrive as best they can.
Love your neighbour
This is a biblical instruction many of us have heard before. But who is our neighbour? Everyone. The effect you have on others may be bigger than you think. The (literal) neighbour who is lonely probably values a cuppa or a chat over the fence more than you know. The person working customer service will appreciate a kind smile or word of encouragement as they go about their work. When you have had a run of grumpy or rude customers, kindness certainly stands out!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Sometimes we can be persuaded to think that unless we do something ‘big’ or ‘successful’ we don’t have value. Let me remind you that there is great value in the small things you choose to do and how you choose to act every day. Love and kindness will always be a legacy that is remembered.
MOPS Australia Blog Administrator