Celebrating Mother's Day and mom's birthday at the beach was a gift my mom, my sister, and I gave ourselves each year. It was a Mother's Day tradition for many more years than I can remember.In 2001 we started a new tradition.

Mom’s three year journey with lung cancer had taken a toll on her mind, body, and spirit. Although her health had improved and her cancer was in remission, she simply didn’t have the strength to go. We all agreed that being together after all mom had been through was gift enough for each of us.

Shortly after arriving and settling on the deck mom calmly announced "I’m here for a week. We are going to eat, drink, shop, laugh and have fun and then I’m going home to die. I hope you’ll be OK with that because I’ve already made up my mind.

In the “Why Me Why Now Life Defining Moment” my head and heart disconnected and my autopilot program kicked in. Nancy Nurse, the calm, cool, and always in complete control in any life and death situation stepped up to assess the situation, took charge, and calmly said “Tell me more about your plan mom.”

The devastated daughter part of me who wasn’t ready to lose her mom felt like bolting down the hill with my hair on fire screaming “Nooooooooo!!! Stop Saying That! I’m not ready for you to go!”

For the next seven days my mom, my sister, and I ate, shopped, laughed, and enjoyed deep meaningful conversation about everything that mattered. We cussed and discussed the fear of dying verses the fear of not living your dreams, the power of taking chances verses making a powerful choice, the power of unconditional love and acceptance verses loving with conditions, the power of trusting your heart and inner voice verses living life from an inner space of fear and mistrust.

That Mother’s Day, the gift we gave each other was unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness for everything we had ever said or done, had never said or done but expected to receive. We allowed our hearts to see, hear, feel, and heal everything and anything standing in the way preventing us from giving and receiving the extraordinary gift mom had given us and modeled all our lives which was unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Two days after returning home mom was admitted to the hospital. Three weeks later she was gone.

My commitment to myself on Mother's Day that year was to carry on that tradition. To fill myself up with unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness first, then pass it along, and make a difference in my world. I do it to honor myself, honor those I love, and to honor the ordinary lady with an extraordinary gift who modeled it first for me, my mom.

On this Mother’s Day, I Challenge You to Join the Unconditional Love Challenge using the link below. I passionate about creating a wave of unconditional love across the globe. Join me and fill yourself up with unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness, pass it along, and make a difference in your world. Do it for 21 days and not only will you create a new habit, you’ll transform your past, present, and future relationships, and your world.

Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday to You Mom!

Author's Bio: 

Nancy Philpott R.N, Emotional Health Hypnotherapist, and Breakthrough Coach/Consultant, believes the power to eliminate self-defeating habits and transform our destiny is waiting within each of us. Nancy, is a contributing author to the #1 Best Selling book series Wake Up…Live the Life You Love, and the Official Guide to Women’s Issues at www.SelfGrowth.com. Nancy offers private and corporate coaching and consulting programs and services. Visit www.UnconditionalLoveChallenge.com to join the 21 day Challenge & receive a free tips, tools, and strategies to create a new habit, transform your relationships and your world. Visit www.heartsyncwellnesscenter.com and watch Nancy as she describes her Hypnosis Programs. Email: nancy@heartsyncwellnesscenter.com or call her at 512-921-9429.