Wisdom//

For the Happiest Mother’s Day, Make at Least 5 Calls

By Allie Chee.

Image courtesy of Mangostar/shutterstock

This is an excerpt from FREE LOVE: Everyday Ideas for Joyful Living.

For most of my single life I was happy to be single. But even being happy being single doesn’t mean we don’t feel blue sometimes — especially on holidays.

One of the hardest holidays for me as a single person was Thanksgiving. It is not a romantic or festive holiday — it’s a quiet, family holiday. Mother’s Day is another quiet, family holiday that can be challenging for those who have lost their mother, and for those who want to be mothers and aren’t. If you’re not close to your family physically or emotionally, any holiday could be a bummer.

I’d always known we have thousands of simple yet profound reasons to feel gratitude, even in dark moments — thank you for my eyes that see flowers, my ears that hear the birds, my nose that smells the ocean air. I had a long list, and I meant every bit of it. Yet one Thanksgiving morning in particular, I felt deeply alone and couldn’t shake the feeling of ingratitude.

Then, as often happens in those moments, I thought back on my conversation with Mother Teresa.

“Learn to love yourself, your family, your neighbors.”

An idea popped in my head.

I had plenty of friends around the world who were single and without large or close families. I would call everyone I could think of in that category and wish him or her a sunny, happy Thanksgiving.

With the first call, my mood lightened. With my second call, I felt “almost good.” By the fifth call, I was positively elated and knew this would be a new tradition.

Remembering who might have just ended a relationship around Valentine’s Day, remembering who is alone on Thanksgiving, remembering who’s without their parent or has experienced loss on Mother’s or Father’s Day, and calling them to share love — it’s a small way to make this a better world.


ALLIE CHEE is the author of New Mother, Go, Jane!, and Free Love: Everyday Ideas for Joyful Living. Her work has appeared in Thrive Global, Midwifery Today, The Well Being Journal, The Birthing Site, The Holistic Networker, Kindred Community, and Natural Mother Magazine. www.alliechee.com

Originally published at medium.com

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Thriving Through the Holidays//

Going Home for the Holidays

by Vincent James Arcuri
Community//

The Cornerstone of All Life

by Lisa McDonald
Well-Being//

6 Solid Holiday Blues Solutions

by Marcy Cole, Ph.D

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.