This is a guest post written by Jane Seymour exclusively for MommaRambles.com, in honor of the Kay Loves Family Campaign.
This past Mother’s Day, as I looked into the faces of my children and grandchildren, I realized that being a mother, and now a grandmother, is truly the most rewarding and humbling achievement of my life.
Our time together made me think of how motherhood is both learned and shared. It made me realize that as a mother you pass along so many lessons, and that those experiences you share are then reflected in all the relationships your children embrace throughout their lives. And it reminded me that the love you provide as a mother can and should be extended to all the important people in your life.
No one better exemplified this spirit than my mother, Mieke. My mother experienced life through a kind and affectionate heart. One of her greatest strengths was her ability to open her heart to anyone and her desire to love and encourage everyone she came into contact with.
That openness is so important, both in raising our families and in living our lives. If we take time to embrace others and truly live with an open heart, we will experience all of life’s joys and the many wonderful things life has to offer. Living with an open heart involves making connections with the people who mean the most to us. It also means taking time to reach out to those who need us most with support and encouragement.
This idea, which I feel so strongly about, is epitomized in my Open Hearts Family philosophy. Family is more than what we are born into. It’s about the moments we have in life when we are touched by another—when we open our hearts and souls and trust one another with our deepest feelings. These people then become our Open Hearts Family, the ones with whom we share a special bond. When we open our hearts, our family grows; so do we . . . and so can the world.
So, as you reflect on this past Mother’s Day and the simple joy of looking into the smiling faces of your own loved ones, I encourage you to bring the spirit of love and caring you have as a mother into the world. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference it will make in your life and the lives of those around you.