‘Con­tent­ment: Inspiring In­sights for LDS Moth­ers’

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

Mother’s Day: it’s the hap-hap­pi­est day of the year, to twist a popular hol­i­day song phrase. It re­ally can be a day to show love and grat­i­tude for the moth­ers in our lives.

Af­ter the flow­ers have wilted and candy wrap­pers are dis­carded, be sure Mom has a good book to read. I chose “Con­tent­ment: Inspiring In­sights for LDS Moth­ers” as my Mother’s Day gift for my three amaz­ing daugh­ter-in-laws this year. They de­serve a week at an all-in­clu­sive re­sort, but this great lit­tle book will have to do.

“May we find con­tent­ment in moth­er­hood as we come to un­der­stand and em­brace our di­vine mission,” en­treats au­thor Maria Covey Cole. Even us­ing the word con­tent­ment in the same sen­tence as moth­er­hood seems like us­ing it out of con­text.

Web­ster de­fines con­tent­ment as a state of hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion. Moth­er­hood of­ten seems more like a state of ex­haus­tion and dis­cour­age­ment. How is con­tent­ment pos­si­ble? Maybe by re­defin­ing the word and look­ing for those mo­ments.

Cole writes, “I have learned con­tent­ment is not com­pla­cency, medi­ocrity, smug­ness, or set­tling for some­thing less.” She en­cour­ages moth­ers to cher­ish the or­di­nary mo­ments of daily life. Hold­ing a new­born baby, chas­ing a tod­dler around the house and walks and talks with older chil­dren are a few of those sim­ple but sig­nif­i­cant mo­ments that can bring us feel­ings of con­tent­ment.

The book is filled with a col­lec­tion of in­spi­ra­tional quotes and sto­ries. One of my per­sonal fa­vorites from Ge­orge Bernard Shaw was shared near the be­gin­ning of the book: “Life is not about find­ing your­self. Life is about cre­at­ing your­self.” Daniel Web­ster is re­spon­si­ble for defin­ing con­tent­ment as a state of hap­pi­ness and sat­is­fac­tion. He also gave us this thought on gain­ing the nec­es­sary per­spec­tive for women to re­mem­ber that what they do as moth­ers will be their great­est le­gacy.

“If we work upon mar­ble, it will per­ish. If we work upon brass, time will ef­face it. If we rear tem­ples, they will crum­ble into dust. But if we work upon im­mor­tal minds, and in­still into them just prin­ci­ples, we are then en­grav­ing on that tablet that which no time will ef­face, but will brighten and brighten to all eter­nity.”

This Mother’s Day we can all show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the moth­ers we know. Let’s rec­og­nize their heroic ef­forts with more than a quick stop at the gro­cery store on Satur­day night to pur­chase a card. Let’s write a let­ter of grat­i­tude that will brighten their day and ex­press our love. Of course you can tuck that let­ter in a good book, add flow­ers and choco­lates and make it even bet­ter.

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