A mother’s grace.
I could honour many mothers for Ten Questions and in fact, many mothers are honoured here but not necessarily for their role as mother. Recently on Facebook, my friend Grace Hari honoured her mother Margaret Fielder on her birthday and it inspired me to approach her for Ten Questions. Here is her honouring on Facebook:
My mother is amazing. Today she turned 74 and, remarkably, she decided to go to work. She is a nurse. For many years whilst I was growing up she worked seven days a week. She brought up six kids as a single mother on a shoestring budget with as much creativity and courage as she could muster. Only six months ago she had a hip replacement. Her positive attitude resulted in the operation being a roaring success. She is always going out of her way to help so many people, including refugees, and does everything she can to help her young grandchildren stay happy and curious. I’ve never met anyone quite like my mother. She has a great sense of humour and is an amazing storyteller. She is always there to listen to me and encourage me whenever I need it.
As a relatively new mother, I have a 3.5 year old and 9 month old, I find myself often pondering how single mothers do it, so reading Grace’s honouring of Margaret inspired me to find out more about this WonderWoman. I asked Grace to write an introduction for Margaret’s answers.
My mother is uniquely creative. I’ve never met anyone quite like her. She approaches every challenge in her life in such a spontaneous and courageous way. The way she gardens, the way she makes lentil soup, and the way she has bought up her six children is all similar. She’ll throw all the ingredients in together and though it may seem chaotic for a moment or two, everything comes out tasting amazing and is extremely nutritious and wholesome. The gardens mum grows are tropical jungles. The round clay bowls mum made during my childhood were large and were always filled to the brim with delicious market produce. Mum has always surrounded me in a river of abundance. She is the most devoted and loving mother and I’ve never met a more motivated or hardworking person. Everything mum does in her life is for others and she makes a huge difference in so many lives. I’ve never met a more generous soul. She is also rebellious, cheeky and full of fun. She gives everything she has away because she is a born nurturer. In amongst all the stuff mum does she also finds time to nurture her inner peace. I admire mum for that. I can see that the fact that she takes time to nurture her own heart gives her the strength to carry on and be a pillar of strength. Mum really is a super mum.
WonderWomen is very grateful to both Grace and Margaret for sharing their thoughts with us for this month’s Ten Questions.
TEN QUESTIONS – MARGARET FIELDER
What is the essence of being a woman?
Being a woman to me is being human, loving, caring, nurturing, choosing courage, embracing one’s immediate family as well as the family of man.
What do you feel unites women?
How do you stay strong, assertive and feminine?
Nurture my inner self by practicing techniques revealed to me by a great teacher of inner peace – Prem Rawat.
What and who inspires you?
Prem Rawat or anyone with a passion for improving the quality of life on Planet Earth.
How do you live your life so it has meaning?
By trying at all times to be true to my heart where the mercy, compassion and dignity hangout.
What contribution would you like to make to benefit humankind?
By trying to be the best person I can be by nurturing consciousness in myself.
How do you stay calm under pressure?
Sometimes I get a bit frazzled but I try to own my own anger and take a few deep breaths and try to be a good listener.
How do you move from dream into action into completion?
My dreams are for the strength of kindness and creativity to reign supreme. I cannot change the world but I can change myself.
Three words to describe how you maintain a life balance.
Meditation, hard work and a heart full of gratitude.
If you could ask any woman one question, what would you ask?
Are you experiencing peace in your life?