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I was touched today when I stumbled across an article that told the beautiful story of a mom who needed some help, and all the women who immediately came to her rescue.
This poor mom was pregnant, traveling all on her own- with a toddler.
It was time for her to board the plane, but the child was having none of it. He ran, flung himself on the ground, cried, screamed, kicked. She couldn’t pick him up because of his flailing.
She was trying to hard, doing everything she could, and nothing was working.
We all know how that feels!!!
And then, it was just too much for her. She sat down on the floor next to her son and cried.
I know that hopeless feeling. I know how frustrated and overwhelmed she must have been to be at the point of breaking down in front of an airport full of strangers.
And so did the women around her.
That’s the amazing part.
Several women gathered around. They all kneeled down in a circle around the crying child and mother.
There wasn’t much talking- just genuine comfort and help. Each had something to offer- a bit of food for the child, some water for the mother, a toy for the little one, good ideas and support for the mother.
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How wonderful are women!!! I wish I could have been there to witness such a beautiful moment.
This story inspired me.
Please comment below- when have you needed help from women around you? How did others support you?
I want to be that mom who supports the women around me.
We all need it, don’t we? It doesn’t matter how many kids we have, how many times we’ve dealt with it all before, or how much we know about raising children.
We all need help and love from each other.
What holds us back from helping?
I worry that someone might not want my help, or that I will embarrass them by acknowledging the problem.
I always think this about other people, and yet, if a kind stranger offered help to me I would never be offended! I would be so grateful and glad at their kind heart!
This must be my own brain playing tricks on me.
Next time I feel this way, I’ll remember this quote, “Never suppress a generous thought.”
-Camilla E. Kimball
I worry that I will cause more problems by helping.
This makes no logical sense when I really stop to think about it, but it legitimately holds me back when I have to make a split second decision on whether I will help someone or not.
Of course showing love will improve a situation! How could offering a kind word or a pat on the back not help someone feel better?
I can do better. I won’t allow myself to miss out on opportunities to bless other peoples’ lives so easily.
I worry that I don’t have anything to give.
This is the hardest thought for me to overcome.
I often just don’t know what to do. I feel so unprepared, my mind draws a blank, and I freeze. What could I possibly contribute?
But you know what? I bet that mom loved each and every person who stopped in to help her- and they each brought something unique to the table.
All things combined, it was the perfect solution to the problem.
What if the child was hungry, and the woman who shared her snacks didn’t stop to help? She might have thought, “There’s plenty of people there to help. They don’t need me.”
But she was needed and she did stop!
What if the woman with the toy in her bag hadn’t stopped? That resource would have been lost.
“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” -Christine Todd Whitman
There’s no excuse why we can’t all help each other!
Let’s all decide now that we will help the next mom we see who needs a hand. Then we won’t be stopped by the thoughts that hold us back from helping. Make a plan now to be a support to others around you.
Can you image the power we all have?? We can lift each other’s loads, make this tough job of parenting so much easier, and keep each other smiling.
Let’s do it today- one little act of kindness at a time.
Women have amazing strength. Time to put it to work!