Human Spirit - Motherhood - Immigrants?
Have you been watching the news lately?
Have you seen those thousands of migrants / immigrants / refugees, travelling often mostly on foot, across nations, over barbed wire fences, through clouds of tear-gas, through countries and communities that do not speak their language, or want them on their doorstep?
Conflict, Torture, Starvation, Rape, Murder..
What do you think of these travellers, these immigrants, these invaders, these refugees of terrible conflict, torture, starvation, rape, murder... these people, these human souls?
Which of the many images on your TV screen mean the most to you?
Draft dodgers, Cowards..
Is it the thousands of single young men who are running away from having to join the army and fight against the terrifying Islamic State... these draft dodgers, these seekers of opportunity, these cowards who abandon their country and culture during it's greatest time of need?
Maybe it is the thousands of young men who risk everything to try and find a better life for their families... families they have been forced to leave behind because maybe, their parents are too old for the journey, or their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews are too young, or too many, to join them on this hard, long, journey of depravation?
Or maybe it is the sight of those mothers?
Yes mothers! Some with one child, some with two or three... or more!
War, Rape, Murder, Exploitation...
What do you think of those women who, fleeing war, rape, murder or exploitation, drag their children thousands of miles through strange lands, with strange customs and strange languages... and still the risk of rape and murder and exploitation along the way?
Let me tell you what I think!
Here in the UK, there are mothers (and fathers) who can not even be bothered to take their children to the park once a week!
Here in the UK we have mothers (and fathers) who would rather spends their generous state benefits (Government funded charitable donations) on booze and cigarettes rather than save up for a holiday for their children!
Stress of motherhood is just too much sometimes!
Here in the UK we have mothers (and fathers) who leave their children with strangers, neighbours, friends or "Uncles" just so they can have a night out... or a weeks holiday for themselves... because they claim the stress of motherhood is just too much sometimes!!?
Of course, thankfully, not all UK mothers (or fathers) fall anywhere near the above pessimistic description I have given, most are fabulous in every way... but "some" are not... despite all of the benefits they enjoy from living in one of the richest nations in the western world!
Wallow in extreme comfort and safety in the UK
I just want to point out the contrast between those often "Muslim" female refugees / migrants and those women who wallow in extreme comfort and safety in the UK... most of which some of them have never made any contribution to!
The power of the human spirit
Yes, the power of the human spirit, the invisible but impossibly strong bond of Motherhood, that these women, these migrants, these refugees, these lonely women, display every day on their long treacherous journey to... somewhere!?
"Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy." Barbara Walters
I can not help but be filled with admiration for these women who could just have easily left those children with strangers, neighbours, friends or "Uncles" just so they could make the journey faster, safer, easier, then perhaps send for the children later... just like many of the young men have done!
Bond of love which is Motherhood
But they couldn't! They couldn't perhaps because they have no strangers, neighbours, friends or "Uncles" to turn to... perhaps all of their close friends and family have been murdered by the Islamic State, perhaps died in the Syrian war... or just maybe... perhaps... that "bond of love" which is "Motherhood" was just too powerful to break!
These migrant / refugee mothers maybe among the most desperate people on the face of the earth, but they are also... the most human!
"The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless." Dean Karnazes
"Motherhood is wonderful, but it's also hard work. It's the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn't know you had." Deborah Mailman
"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials." Meryl Streep
"A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It's unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing." Jennie Finch
The power of the human spirit for survivalSo, the next time you watch the news and you see those thousands of desperate "people" running through clouds of tear-gas, or climbing under and over hundreds of miles of razor-wire, or clinging to the tops of trucks and trains... just stop for a moment and be amazed at the power of the human spirit for survival.
Just look in awe at the energy of these people!
Those women, those mothers and children...
Just put yourself for one small moment... while you drink your cup of tea or coffee in front of your wide-screen TV, perhaps in your favourite chair... in the place of just one of those people you see in front of you... but especially, those women, those mothers and children... and think, could I do that?
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