Missing You, Mom

Hello friends,

Transient are all compounded things,
Subject to arise and vanish;
Having come into existence they pass away;
Good is the peace when they forever cease.

~ Excerpt from Maha-parinibbana Sutta.

My mother passed away August 31, 2000. Nearly 13 years ago, I was barely out of high school, and my two little sisters were both under the age of 10. It isn’t all that often (perhaps not often enough) that I think about her, 

Her death was the result of over a year of fighting cancer, a battle with which my father has also become very well acquainted.but sometimes we just miss our moms.

If your mother is still among the living, this is just a friendly reminder to you to go give her a hug and tell her you love her. There will come a time when the option to do so is no longer available.

Please be well, my friends, and have a great Mother’s Day.

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5 comments

  1. Bro, Beautiful message! May you be well and happy! with metta

    1. Thank you friend, and you too!

  2. Anicca vata sankhara…may she enjoy the most favorable of rebirths!

    1. Thank you, friend.

  3. “Monks, I will teach you the level of a person of no integrity and the level of a person of integrity. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak.”

    “Monks, I will teach you the level of a person of no integrity and the level of a person of integrity. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak.”

    “As you say, lord,” the monks responded.

    The Blessed One said, “Now what is the level of a person of no integrity? A person of no integrity is ungrateful & unthankful. This ingratitude, this lack of thankfulness, is advocated by rude people. It is entirely on the level of people of no integrity. A person of integrity is grateful & thankful. This gratitude, this thankfulness, is advocated by civil people. It is entirely on the level of people of integrity.”

    {II,iv,2} “I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two? Your mother & father. Even if you were to carry your mother on one shoulder & your father on the other shoulder for 100 years, and were to look after them by anointing, massaging, bathing, & rubbing their limbs, and they were to defecate & urinate right there [on your shoulders], you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. If you were to establish your mother & father in absolute sovereignty over this great earth, abounding in the seven treasures, you would not in that way pay or repay your parents. Why is that? Mother & father do much for their children. They care for them, they nourish them, they introduce them to this world. But anyone who rouses his unbelieving mother & father, settles & establishes them in conviction; rouses his unvirtuous mother & father, settles & establishes them in virtue; rouses his stingy mother & father, settles & establishes them in generosity; rouses his foolish mother & father, settles & establishes them in discernment: To this extent one pays & repays one’s mother & father.”

    Gratitude

    “… A being who has not been your mother at one time in the past is not easy to find… A being who has not been your father… your brother… your sister… your son… your daughter at one time in the past is not easy to find. …”
    Mother

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