Friday, July 29, 2011
If you're not familiar with the term "mamavism", don't fret.  I wasn't either until this morning.  Apparently it's an anagram for mothering and activism.  After reading a post from fellow mom blogger, Becoming SuperMommy, featuring mommy activist, Jen - The Evolving Homemaker.  In this post, Jen shares her role as an activist to help the women of Congo (a very tragic story and one that all women should be aware of).  Although being a crusader for women's rights is a very noble cause, she came to realize that there was something more important and more close to home for her to focus on, her family.  It wasn't that she was being a bad mom by being an activist, but she felt that she was so wrapped up in a situation that was taking place thousands of miles away while right there in her home her family needed her more.  Now, she's focusing her time and energy in educating her children, living locally and learning new skills "which will change the face of our national culture away from blind consumption to teaching a generation that will probably need to return a bit to the earth for the survival of humanity."

I was so touched by this that it made me think of my role in the mamavist community.  What am I doing to "change the face of our national culture"?  What am I teaching my child that will help her impact the world in the future?

To me, being a mamavist doesn't mean that I'm a mom who pickets and demands that her voice be here.  It's a mom who is passionate about who she is and what she believes in.  It's a mom who doesn't force her views on her children, but rather encourages them to find what they are passionate about and supports their choices.  I may not be shouting from the roof tops what I'm passionate about, but that doesn't mean that I'm not a passionate person.  I prefer to voice my opinion by my actions, not my words.  What's that old saying again... "Actions speak louder than words"?  Yeah, that sounds about right!  I believe that by doing the things that I love, trying to learn new things every day, nurturing those around me, having compassion, and striving to make some contribution to the world, be it big or small, my daughter is learning by my example to be a better woman, friend, mother, and human being.  It's through our actions that our children learn most.  You can tell a child "don't do this" but if you're doing it, they will follow in your footsteps.

Is there more that I could be doing?  Absolutely!  I want to have a garden and grow my own vegetables and be more Eco-friendly to teach my daughter to be more self-reliant and learn to live off the earth.  I want to be more involved with a cause to teach my daughter to not just sit back and let others suffer.  I want to be a better mother so that my daughter can strive to be better than me and teach her children and continue this beautiful cycle.  The list is endless!  I am only one woman and there's only so much I can do.  I understand that and I won't bit off more than I can chew.  For now, I'm proud of what I've accomplished and the goals I have set for myself.  I truly believe that being a mom is the greatest way of being an activist.  We are responsible for the future of this world by molding the next generation.  It's through our example that they will learn to live their lives.  Let it be a good example so that they have a better future to live!


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