If every mother in America could wrap her mind around her true value as a woman and mother, her life would never be the same. We would wake up every morning excited for the day rather than dreading it and feeling as though we’d been hit by a truck during the night. We would talk differently to our kids, fret less about our husband’s annoying habits, and speak with greater tenderness and clarity. We would find more contentment in our relationships, let mean remarks roll off our backs, and leave work feeling confident in the job we performed. Best of all –we wouldn’t obsess about our weight (can you imagine?), physical fitness, or what kind of home we live in. We would live life free from superficial needs because we would know deep in our hearts what we need and, more importantly, what we don’t need. Each of us would live life of extraordinary freedom.
Here’s the great news: These beliefs a simple, life altering and wholly un-American because they counter the enormous “bill of goods” (as one prominent writer told me recently) that we are being sold… Our real value as a mom comes from three places: We are loved, we are needed and we are born for a higher purpose.
Meg Meeker MD
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