December 8, 2023

Happy Mother’s Day to all! In this time of crisis, a mother’s wish is for her children and family to be healthy, happy, and safe. Most of us have children who are not with us because they are working outside Baguio, or out of the country, or are with their families. No matter how old our children are, they are still our babies.
Mothers who are working on the frontlines are especially affected. They are not only thinking of the public they are serving, but also of their families. But all mothers have to “accept the moment.” In a conversation between Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle, they emphasized that the only moment we have is now and we must accept it. We must avoid or veer away from the stress brought about by the hysteria, including traditional and social media. Tolle explains that “what is really important is our state of mind and consciousness, we must accept the uncertainty of the unknown future and start with ourselves. Be still and know that God is working on the situation right now.”
“In God I move and breathe and have my being” is Oprah’s favorite quote. Following their conversation, we must go into that little corner within us and go deep inside and meditate and think that our happiness stems from the way we condition our minds, from the way we think. Thoughts are energies which turn into realities. There are many ways for mothers to endure quarantine. Aside from being busy cooking, cleaning the house and watching telenovelas via Netflix, this is the time to bond with your kids and family from far and near. Maybe this is also the time to call on other mothers to contribute financially to feed some of our frontliners. This is at the moment what we can do. This can also be the time to write or jot down our experiences so we can go back to them after the pandemic comes to pass. To lessen stress, do not be involved in issues where we cannot offer good solutions but only conflicting ideas. Useless ‘di ba?
The best we can do “at the moment” is pray for the safety of our children. Spurts of individual prayers can turn into collective prayer. Mathew 18:20 states, “Where two or three gather together in my name, there I am with them.”
As a mother, my “at the moment” thing is to dig back into my favorite books. Books that uplift the spirit. Books that lessen stress and increase my positive attitude. This is my way of coping. I dodge news that cause sadness, anger, and fear because they don’t help me at all. I watched a lot of happy movies.
Love to all and Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy birthday to a very special sister-in-law and mother Emma Siapno. Enjoy your day our sweet, caring, and loving Ems. Also to Maela Jose, Maja Aromin Ong, Roche “Kuku” Cariño Andaya, Katrin, Kabunyan and Kalipay de Guia, Boy Yñiguez, and Cris Flores.