What is inspiration? If you were to search for it on Dictionary.com you’ll find the following definition:
- An inspiring or animating action or influence.
- Something inspired, as an idea.
- A result of inspired activity.
- A thing or person that inspires.
I know, those results are anything but inspiring. For me inspiration comes in the form of a woman who has been my comfort, guide and encourager for the past 28 years.
No one knows me and loves me as completely as my mom. The way she cheers for me as I plow through my life path makes me feel like there is nothing wrong with shooting for the stars – and I should never try aiming any lower. The way she comforts me during life’s trials reminds me that I have the strength to survive no matter how dark the circumstances. The way she laughs with me when I regale her with the stories of my day makes those moments seem even sweeter.
She lives her life to the fullest, embracing new challenges and the potential they have to positively impact her life. She not only takes to heart one of her favorite sayings, but she lives it every day: We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.
Some women run as fast as they can in the opposite direction when they realize they are becoming their mothers. For me, becoming even half of the woman, friend, wife and mother she is would be one of life’s greatest blessings.
Anyone who knows Joan Dale will agree she is the embodiment of inspiration. On this Mother’s Day, when we honor the women who gave us life, I give thanks for the woman who has shown me, and continues to show me, the abundant blessings life brings.
I love you mom.