2008-05-09 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

An Anthology On Motherhood
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Motherhood has endowed me with qualities and yes, virtues, that I never asked for nor did I ever dream that I would experience. Had I known what lay ahead I might not have chosen this path. I went into this blessed vocation blissfully ignorant and deliriously happy. I emerge, as my children take flight on their own, blissfully ignorant and deliriously happy.

I have compiled a short anthology that depicts my journey. It is meant to praise the women who have come before me and the women who will come after me. It is meant to celebrate the lives of all women who are mothers in this world, in whichever way they give birth to creation.

Mother, give me the Sun. - Ghosts, III, Henrik Ibsen

As is the mother, so is her daughter. - Holy Bible, Ezekiel 16:44

Can these bones live? - Holy Bible, Ezekiel 37:3

Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach. - Pythian Odes, III, l.109, Pindar

Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time. - Plutarch, Lives, Percles, sec.18

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. - Oedipus Rex ,l.1230, Sophocles

Today's today. Tomorrow, we may be ourselves gone down the drain of Eternity.- Alcestis, l.788, Euripides

Force has no place when there is need of skill.- Histories, III,52, Herodotus Mother, I cannot mind my wheel; My fingers ache, my lips are dry;

Oh, if you felt the pain I feel!

But, Oh, who ever felt as I? - Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel, Walter Savage Landor

A good conscience is a continual feast. The Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.III, Robert Burton

Anything for a Quiet Life. - Thomas Middleton

God is our father, but beyond everything, He is our Mother.- Pope John Paul 1

We wove a web in childhood,

A web of sunny air. - Retrospection, Charlotte Bronte

Let each man think himself an act of God, His mind a thought, his life a breath of God. - Festus.Philip James bailey

I slept and dreamed that life was beauty. I woke - and found that life was duty. - Beauty and Duty, Ellen Sturgis Hooper

Unromantic as Monday morning.- Shirley,l, Charlotte Bronte

It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak, and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau

Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well?

My mother. - Jane Taylor

I seen my opportunities and I took 'em!. - George Washington Plunkitt

Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have had your life. If you haven't had that what have you had? -- Henry James

The ever importunate murmur, "Dramatize it, dramatize it". - Henry James

I still, in the presence of life..have reactions-as many as possible…- Henry James

Be wise today; 'tis madness to defer. - Night Thoughts, Edward Young

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Alva Edison

If you think you'll lose, you're lost. For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of mind. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man;

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can. - Walter D. Wintle

You can't solve many of today's problems by straight linear thinking. It takes a leap of faith to sense the connections that are not necessarily obvious.- Matina Horner

Each of us really understands in others only those feelings he is capable of producing in himself. - Andre Gide

Love one another with all your heart and soul. Intend to do well. Praise heartily and often. Laugh at apparent mistakes. Soar with the hopes of the future. Encourage life to blossom. Kiss slowly. Hug much. Forgive often. - Nancy Gahles

May The Blessings Be!!

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