Contributed by Dr. Charles Woehr
Okay, if you are still reading this (after checking out the title) I owe you an explanation. Let me say, right from the start, that I greatly admire working moms. And men, there are some important truths that we can learn from their example. The main point is that all of us need to realize the importance of learning to count our blessings.
We are living in challenging economic times. Many are having a hard time finding enough work to pay their bills. Even people who were retired have been going back to work. As we approach the end of the calendar year, with the Thanksgiving holiday just ending, Christmas and New Year’s coming soon, we are invited to reflect on the good things that we do have… the blessings. The phrase “count your blessings” is an invitation to dwell on the good rather than the bad that has touched our lives.
This is where “working moms” come into the picture I am describing. There’s a world of meaning in those two words when they come together. For some reason, the similar combination “working dads” doesn’t come close in comparison. I am neither belittling the hard work dads contribute to provide for and protect their families, nor accusing dads of somehow sloughing off their duties toward their families. I am simply interested in pointing out the fact that working moms go way above and beyond the call of duty.
Motherhood, in itself, is a fulltime job. I include here the care for the children (physical, emotional, material, and educational), their home environment (household needs), and more [I will stop listing further tasks lest I cause embarrassment to some of us men]. Now, consider the term “working,” which usually means that same woman leaves the home in order to take another job. Enough said. Now, men, do you understand my meaning when I stated in the title, men should count their blessings?
The point to be made, along with admiration for working women, is that all of us have something to be thankful for; blessings to count. A working mom has: her children, her family, her home, her husband, and a job (remember these are difficult times to find work). Dads, we have many blessings, too: a wife and family, a home, a job (or that of our wife’s), health, and we all live relatively peaceful lives. So, in this season’s holidays, why not gather the family members and take turns counting your blessings? You will be surprised at how long the list will be. And remember to give an extra hug to your working moms!