Mother’s Day Reflections by Marianne Williamson: Mother’s Day as we know it was completely changed from the original idea.

Elana Hernon
2 min readMay 12, 2020
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I was listening to a tweet by Marianne Williamson and I was surprised to learn there was a history to Mothers’ Day which she read in her video. You can see the link below. I looked up the original Mother’s Day Proclamation after hearing Marianne and have included the writing below as well as the link to the site that talks further about Mother’s Day origins. Such powerful words and incredible vision!

https://twitter.com/marwilliamson/status/1259592555311710208?s=20

The Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World

Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

“Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, “Disarm, disarm! The sword is not the balance of justice.” Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each learning after his own time, the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

by Julia Ward Howe

https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/holidays/mothers-day/the-original-mother-s-day-proclamation

Elana Hernon

But your heart, that gives me your story. I hear your story when you speak, how you move, your choices. But you also listen this way. That is our humanity.