MLK Jr.’s advice for Mothers

Every third Monday in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.,his visions and simple yet wise desires for all people. But have you ever noticed how some of his best quotes are so relative to motherhood? (YES, Motherhood!)

What mom doesn’t feel oppressed at times? 

Mama said there would be days like this. Not everyday will be free wifi and yoga pants. Some days will make you want to pull your hair out! As a mother of 9,I know that disappointment comes with the territory. Some how Dr. King addressed that.

It would be great if it was really what you seen on the Huxtibales  where everything ends with a smile or like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, where a charismatic, blended family is thriving with in the chaos. Reflecting on some of the powerful words of Martin Luther King Jr. I realized how complimentary his quotes are toward motherhood. He spoke a lot about endurance and maintaining character during edgy times.

The timing for this discovery couldn’t come at a better. Today was…… wait for it; “One of Those Days.” I was SO frustrated and felt that no one was able or capable of helping me. shop days

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know it’s ok to be frustrated.No mom should ever deny her feelings and emotions. But every once in a while, I do wish things would be different. The good thing is that I know that it’s okay to acknowledge my it AND keep it moving. Why? Because if things were indeed different, I would be different. My children, siblings, EVERYTHING would be different,and I’m not sure if I want that. Long pity-parties are okay for 40 minutes. I sit in it for a minutes, determine what part I could have done differently and if possible, figure way(s) to minimize it from happening again.  After many deep breaths, my favorite cup of tea,a quiet sit in my walk in closet alone and I’m good for the rest of the day. (In That Order!)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

door banging daysBad days are coming and some will be worse than others. Ultimately It’s what you learn, grow and correct from it. We moms must learn the value of endurance. Endurance requires planfulness and balance, not just strength of will. It calls from ourselves a renewed commitment and effort when we are confronted with challenges or hardship.  Endurance means that we remain steadfast even through criticism, monotony, and discouraging odds.

“There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Ok well, the pity part is over and it’s time to get back to celebrating Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day. Have a great day and ENDURE!

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. MLK Jr.


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