Much like a lighthouse leads ships safely to port, a mother guides her child down the path of life, encouraging them to grow

Jones Onigbinde

Jones Onigbinde – Great Mother Heart …

emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. One of my favorite quotes is from Rudyard Kipling, and it goes, “God could not be everywhere, therefore he made mothers.”

On page 31 of my book, Great Mother Heart, I write:

My mother, throughout her life, taught me that when you dream, skeptics may tell you that your dreams are too big and unachievable, but you must not let them deter you, though you must realize that sometimes you must travel the road all by yourself, and the road to your dreams can be lonely and scary. As you travel this road, the only thing you have is your dream; your dream provides you with the energy and courage to move on. She used to tell me, “You have the power to dream; you have the power to achieve.”

 I always found the words of my mother inspirational and close to my heart. Whenever I felt shattered or lost somewhere, I would recall her enlightened face with a flashback that became my source of motivation to move on.

My mother was always my beacon of light and hope, and I’ve been doubly blessed to find a woman to marry who carries on that same philosophy to our own children.  I’m always saddened to hear stories of people who did not receive the love and support they needed and were forced to find their way alone.  I can only hope they turn it around and become the shining light they were denied for their own children.

Do you have any stories to share about your mother and the part she played in who you’ve become?  I’d love to hear them.  In the meantime, may your day be blessed.