Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 46 comments

Mumbai Flowers
Creative Commons License photo credit: Swami Stream

Mom Is…

A gently flowing stream, moving me along
A soft and gentle pillow for me to rest on when I should

The sunset after a long and challenged day
And a sunrise to start anew

A band-aid when something hurts
A shoulder, when I need someone to lean on

Loving arms to hold me close
And wings to let me fly

A sanctuary, a place to feel “home”
And a hug, as I head out into the great unknown

Mostly though, Mom is…
Love, caring deeply through it all
Love, sprinkled daily in my life
Love, connection that bonds two souls
Love, unconditional and always there…

This is dedicated to two very special ladies:
My mother, who gave me life and continues to be a guiding light.
My wife, the mother of my children, who daily goes above what I imagine is possible, in the lives of our children.

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Hilary May 10, 2009 at 2:50 am

Hi Lance .. that’s wonderful .. blessings to you all .. you deserve each other .. have the most fantastic Mother’s Day .. you’ll make it special for them both.

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Rupal May 10, 2009 at 5:03 am

Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful woman in the world!! I love ya ma!


Rupal´s last blog post..sorry!!


Miz May 10, 2009 at 5:03 am

You are a lucky man, the people in your life are so very fortunate to have you AND I know youve worked hard (daily. it’s a choice) to create it all.

Happy Mothers Day Mrs. Lance of the Jungle 🙂

Miz´s last blog post..Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!


Daphne May 10, 2009 at 5:23 am

“A bandaid when things hurt” and “a sanctuary to call home” really resonate with me. My mum is exactly these things and more. What a lovely dedication to the two special women in your life, Lance! You are blessed to have them, and them you.

Daphne´s last blog post..A Letter from My Older Self


Stacey Shipman May 10, 2009 at 5:43 am

Wishing Laura a Happy Day. And what a beautiful poem. I’m looking forward to spending time with my mom today, too. Mom’s are special, no matter what age! Even today I know that if I need something she will be there no matter what. I’m blessed to have her.

Enjoy your day.

Stacey Shipman´s last blog post..Present with Confidence: Beware the Nervous Habit


Natalia Burleson May 10, 2009 at 5:52 am

Beautiful thought for the day Lance! Happy Mom’s Day to your Mrs.!! 🙂

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Catch up!


Yum Yucky May 10, 2009 at 6:05 am

A wonderful poem to start this beautiful day. I’ll be getting lots of love today with warm smiles, hugs and kisses from my 4 children. And the sun is shining. It’s perfect!

Happy Mother’s Day!



LisaNewton May 10, 2009 at 6:18 am

Lance, thanks for putting a smile on my face this early Sunday morning.

There is no more rewarding job than being a mother. I love my kids dearly, and am so proud of the people they are growing up to be.

To my own mother, she gave me life and she continues to be a support system for me.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those mothers out there.

LisaNewton´s last blog post..Finding Art on the Beach


Jannie Funster May 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

Definitely tears in my eyes over this beautiful poem and your loving words to your mom and wife. You are a true gift to your family and to this (and all other,) planets — you wonderful guy.

Have a beautiful day. I know mine is already shaping up great.

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..The CDs Have Landed!


Jenny Mannion May 10, 2009 at 6:34 am

Beautiful Lance!
I will share this with my mom today. Happy mother’s day to your wife and all the moms in your life.
Much Love,

Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..7 Tips to Stay a Happy Mom and My Mother’s Day Tribute


Diane C. May 10, 2009 at 6:55 am

Beautiful Mother’s Day poem. The last line says it all, “Love, unconditional and always there…” When unconditional love is happening, all else seems to fall into place, effortlessly.

Diane C.´s last blog post..Peaceful Perchers


suddenly slimmer May 10, 2009 at 7:28 am

Happy Mother’s Day..although my mom is in heaven watching us..but you stay in our heart.

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..Shoulder Exercise : Arnold Press


Stacey / Create a Balance May 10, 2009 at 8:01 am

Happy Mama’s Day to all Jungle of Life readers. May all mom’s remember to take care of themselves as they contintue to give so much to others.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Authentic Happiness Series – Part Four (Career)


Evelyn Lim May 10, 2009 at 8:20 am

Wow….a beautiful poem in honor of your mother and wife! How lucky they are! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Me In Every Thought


Mark Salinas May 10, 2009 at 9:29 am

Wonderful Lance! Happy Mothers Day to all moms!

Mark Salinas´s last blog post..Foods that Accelerate the Metabolism


Henie May 10, 2009 at 10:24 am

“God made Moms and Moms make God look good!” ~Henie~

Thank you, Lance, for your special message! Your mom is lucky to have a son as wonderful as you! :~)

Happy Mother’s Day to all from my heart to yours!

Henie´s last blog post..Always Mom


Caroline May 10, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Lance, this is just beautiful. We don’t give Mom’s enough credit…I know from experience…lol. Being a Mother is both rewarding and exhausting. But what would this world be like without the wisdom of Mothers?

Caroline´s last blog post..Soulful Sunday


Nadia - Happy Lotus May 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Hi Lance,

Gerbera daisies are my favorite flower so I absolutely love the picture that goes with this post!

My mom passed away some years ago so Mother’s Day is a hard day. However, I do have my memories of my mom which I am grateful to have. The interesting thing is that even though she is no longer here with me, I know she is with me as I go about my life. So yay for the love that mother’s give! 🙂

Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog post..Happy News (May 10, 2009)


Laurie May 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Not only are you blessed to have a wonderful mom and wife, but they are blessed to have such an incredible son and husband. You really appreciate people Lance. What a gift that is to others. God Bless!

Happy Mother’s Day Friends!


Evita May 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Hello Lance

As beautiful as this poem is, I have to say I was most touched by the beautiful dedication that you provided to the “mothers” in your life! From appreciation comes gratitude and vice versa in our lives.

So Happy Mother’s Day to Lora and may you all have a beautiful and love-filled day!

We just finished having a nice lunch with my mom actually 🙂


Robin Easton May 10, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Dear Lance, this moved me to tears. So deeply expressed. What you wrote at the very end about your mother and then your wife just pushed my tears over the edge and down my face. Simply beautiful that you are aware of them both in this way and what they bring to your world, your soul and the souls of your children.

It also moved me as my mom is dying of Alzheimer’s and is at the stage where she doesn’t recognize anyone. But what is SO amazing is that she visits me in my dreams at night and talks to me. And the love is so complete and tender that I usually sob the next day. Good clean tears. I know that no matter what goes on in her body, her soul is with me. I still miss her so much and would give anything to sit and talk for even one hour. One single hour.

I still talk with her and I trust she hears me on the levels that matter. My father died many years ago, but he too is still with me and was with me all through the writing of my book. When you read it someday you will see why and how.

Thank you dear Lance for touching my life in a very precious and special way, a very REAL way. I always go away feeling more like ME. I am sending you, your dear Mom and beautiful wife much love on this mother’s day…and always. Robin

Robin Easton´s last blog post..Do You Dream Music?


Laurie May 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

You wrote this Lance? Once again, all I have to say is INCREDIBLE!


Positively Present May 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm

So beautiful! I love it! 🙂 So sweet that you dedicated this to your mother AND your wife. I’m sure they are both so moved by it.

Positively Present´s last blog post..wind beneath my wings


Stephen - Rat Race Trap May 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Lance, Wow, I was really moved. That was beautiful! I tried to take my wife to dinner tonight but she refused. She said my daughter has to to it. 🙁

Robin, I’m sorry about your mother. My thoughts are with you but I think your mother is happy. She continues to live through you I am quite sure.

Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog post..The Past, The Present, and The Future


Patricia May 10, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Very nice Thank you for sharing and how fortunate for your mother and your wife to have your expression given to all.
I love the daisy picture too.
This is the first year I have not had to get an orchid for my mother and attempt to think up something to let my Mother in law know that she is a worthwhile person. It reminds me that I took good care of those good caregivers.

Appreciation and kindness are such appreciated gifts.

Patricia´s last blog post..Lightening Up the Mother Load


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings May 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Beautiful post Lance. I have no doubt that your Mum and wife feel just as grateful to have you in their lives as you are to have them.

Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog post..Friday Question – Advice from Mum


Lance May 10, 2009 at 9:02 pm

To all the mothers stopping by here today, may today be a very Happy Mother’s Day for each of you!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Thank you! And many blessings to you as well.

@Rupal – Well said! Thanks for stopping by today.

@Miz – Hi Carla. Your words are much appreciated, my friend. I AM blessed with some very wonderful people in my world – my wife and my mother being two at the top of that list! Have wonderful day with your family! Happy Mom’s Day!

@Daphne – Having a person you know you can turn to, no matter what, makes all the difference, doesn’t it. You mother sounds very special, thanks for sharing this. And thank you for your kind words, I really am blessed!

@Stacey Shipman – I’m passing it on (well…really, Lora’s reading it!). Thank you! I hope your day with your mom was a wonderful day for both of you. Sounds like your mom is a pretty special lady, now I know where you get it from…

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. Thank you, and a very happy Mom’s day to you as well!

@Yum Yucky – Hi Josie. Thanks much! The sun is out and four kids coating you with their love – that does sound like an awesome way to spend the day – enjoy! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

@LisaNewton – Hi Lisa. And, you’re welcome, glad to bring out a smile. While I’ll never fully know what it’s like to be a mother, I learn more and more all the time of how truly connected mothers are to their children. And that’s pretty special. It sure sounds like you’ve raised your kids in such a way that they are living out the principles you’ve instilled in them. Happy Mother’s Day to you Lisa!


Lance May 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm

@Jannie – Jannie, thank you, very deeply, for everything you’re saying. All these planets you know…I want to know more! I know you’re having a beautiful day, in so many ways. Enjoy your family, and knock ’em out at the debut of your CD!

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny. Thank you! I appreciate what you’re saying very much. Enjoy your day with your family, and your time with your mother. Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend.

@Diane C. – Hi Diane. Thank you! Unconditional love – as a father, I believe I have that. Yet, I also think that a mother’s connection with her child is so great, that this is an unconditional love that is even stronger.

@Suddenly Slimmer – Hi Alia. I’m sorry to hear your mother is no longer with you here. Knowing you always have her with you deep within your soul – that is something worth hanging on to.

@Stacey / Create A Balance – Hi Stacey. Ah, taking time for ourselves. I have a hard time with this sometimes. And I think it can be more difficult for mothers, in general, as they tend to focus more on their children’s needs over their own. And you make a wonderful point, Stacey, that if we’re not taking care of ourselves, then how can be properly take care of others. Thanks for sharing this – we can’t ever hear it too much. Happy Mom’s Day to you…

@Evelyn – Hi Evelyn. Well, I’m pretty sure I’m the lucky one – having these two great ladies in my life. Thanks much, your words mean the world to me! Happy Mother’s Day Evelyn!

@Mark Salinas – Hi Mark, great to see you! And…ditto that – Happpy Mothers Day to all the moms!

@Henie – Hi Henie. I love the quote! Mom’s sure do a lot to raise kids that turn out to be loving, loyal, productive citizens. I said it above, and I’ll say it again – I really am the lucky one here. I’ve been blessed with some super wonderful people – my Mom and my wife are the best! And to you, my friend, may your day be wonderful – Happy Mother’s Day!


Lance May 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm

@Caroline – Thank you Caroline. I’m sure that without my wife around, several things would occur: our kids would go hungry, their clothes would be in shambles, they’d never finish their homework, they’d be late for school, and probably have been left someplace way more times than I’d care to count. And that’s only the tip of this iceberg! Mom’s do it all. And I really don’t know how sometimes. So Caroline, to you today – Happy Mother’s Day – it’s well deserved!

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Oh, I’m glad you love the picture – a bright and cheery flower seemed like just the right photo today! Nadia, I’m sorry to hear about your mother, and I’m sure that does make this day especially difficult – as it brings up memories of her for you. And at the same time, reminds you that those days are past. That you hold her dearly in your heart – what a completely wonderful thought. And I think it shows us that our mom’s are always with us. Always. Even when we can’t see them. And there is something very comforting in that thought.

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. Your words are wonderful and know that I appreciate them very much. Thank you, Laurie, always, for being so thoughtful in your words and actions. And a very Happy Mother’s Day to you! (and yes, I did write hand at something poetic…) Thank you once again Laurie, you’re giving me a really big head today!

@Evita – Hi Evita. Thank you. On what is touching you here, the dedication – I’m so glad this part touched you. These really are two very special ladies in my life. And glad to hear you had the chance to have lunch with your mom today – a wonderful lady, I’m sure, just like you…

@Robin Easton – Hi Robin. Your words here tonight are very meaningful to me. And they touch me deeply, as in reading your words, I’m reminded even more just how special both of these ladies are to me. And to think about this and with your mother having Alzheimer’s, I’m sure there can be difficult moments. And you’re reminding me to appreciate the time I have with all those I love – as the truth is, we never know when it may be taken away from us. That you hold the soul or your mother with you – Robin, this is beautiful. She will be with you always. And I look forward to you book, and to truly knowing more – you are such a soul-connected person Robin. And that shines through, always, in everything you say. And to your mother, know too that I’m sending much love to her as well. And to you, my friend, love and patience, things I know you already have, I add to your abundance. Continue to be a light in every place you go…

@Positively Present – Thank you! Your words are very kind and I’m deeply grateful.

@Stephen – Hi Stephen, and thank you. I’m sure there will be other times to treat your wife to dinner. Now…to get your daughter to treat…

@Patricia – Hi Patricia. Glad to hear you liked this. There comes a time to move on to a better place, and they have. May you continue to remember both of these ladies, and what they meant in your life. Thank so much for stopping by here today.

@Sami – Hi Sami. Thank you. And your kind words are very much appreciated.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now May 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

If it wasn’t for my mom I would be an angry lonely man. She gave me the strength to believe in myself and make the most of my talents. Every day I’m amazed by how much she loves me. Of course I love her a million times over too, but a mother’s love for her child is a special love that can never be matched.

Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Make Every Employee Feel Cool


Erin Prais-Hintz May 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Lance- That is such a touching tribute. Both sound like very special ladies. I like the line “Loving arms to hold me close
And wings to let me fly”
That is exactly what I try to do every day for my own kids, without whom I wouldn’t be a mom and get this fabulous day!
Enjoy the day! Erin

Erin Prais-Hintz´s last blog post..Meet My New Friend: Gustav


Barbara Swafford May 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

Hi Lance,

Having read the beautiful words you wrote to your mother and your wife confirms what a wonderful man you are.

I lost my mom, but not a day goes by that what she taught me, or how her life affected me, doesn’t come into play. There’s nothing like a mother’s love. You are blessed to be surrounded by two wonderful women – two beautiful moms.

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..Writing Without A Blog


Mindful mimi May 11, 2009 at 5:11 am

Every day is mother’s day really – or father’s day for that matter. I find it a bit (commercially) sad that we have to have a special day for that.
If we only appreciated the people we love on a special day, the world would be a sad unhappy place. Knowing you a little I know you are aware of this 🙂
Enjoy your week.

Mindful mimi´s last blog post..Sunday laugh


Suzie Cheel May 11, 2009 at 5:14 am

I Love the poem and it made me think of my mum and the wonderful times we did share, the laughter and her wonderful wisdom. I often think that she would have loved this path I have been on since she passed. I know I still have all her little books of sayings that I found in drawers by her bed.

Suzie Cheel´s last blog post..Super Abundant Bloggers # 9


Lance May 11, 2009 at 7:10 am

@Karl – Hi Karl. Sounds like your mother was a wonderful person and a big influence in your life. And I agree, a mother’s love for their children is something that is so strong I don’t know how it can be matched here on earth.

@Erin – Hi Erin. Thank you, so much! Holding your children close, and giving them the space to spread their wings – awesome! Erin, I hope your day yesterday was filled with many loving moments. I can just tell from what you write how deeply you value these people in your life, and that’s pretty special. Happy Mother’s Day to you…a day late!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. You are way kind to me Barbara (you always have been!) – thank you! And that your mother is still with you in spirit, that’s a true testament to what a wonderful person she was in your life. Continue to hold onto that.

@Mimi – Hi Mimi. You’re right – I’m a father every day. You’re a mother every day. And an excellent point – what if we appreciated all those wonderful people in our lives a little more every day, making every moment special. So…today’s not Mother’s Day anymore, and I want you to know that you are doing great stuff for those kids in your life – keep being a great mom!

@Suzie – Hi Suzie. Your mother sounds like she was a great person, and a big influence in your life. While I’m sure you miss, her, I’m sure you still hold her close to your heart. And that means she’s not really gone, just that you can’t see her. Thanks so much for your comment Suzie!


Jewel/Pink Ink May 11, 2009 at 7:33 am

You have the soul of a poet, Lance 🙂 Beautiful post.

You are very lucky to have the two wonderful women in your life!!

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..Interesting Phone Call


Audra Krell May 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

I was very touched by this tribute to your mom and wife. And then, in your great way, you make it feel like it’s for the rest of us mom’s too! Thank you!

You tell your mom that she did a wonderful job with you. You are a respected man of strength, power and glory. We appreciate everything she did!

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Abandoned Inside


Mark May 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

A wonderful poem and awareness of the love of all Mothers!

Mark´s last blog post..Be Thankful For The Challanges in Our Life


Lisa's Chaos May 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

What a great tribute to mothers everywhere! It was hard for me to finish the poem – my kept being drawn back to those awesome flowers!

Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog post..A Gummy Macro Monday


meleah rebeccah May 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm

what a BEAUTIFUL post! Aww… (and I love the photo too!)

meleah rebeccah´s last blog post..Monday’s With Meleah


Liz Rosenbaum May 12, 2009 at 4:02 pm

That’s a great poem! 🙂 I love mothers day because not only have I been blessed with a wonderful mother, I have the best two kids, who MADE me a mother!

Liz Rosenbaum´s last blog post..Daily Menu Plan: Day 2


Bella May 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Gorgeous words
to gift 2 wonderful
women with on their
special day ~ love it, Lancerooni!


Lance May 13, 2009 at 4:56 am

@Jewel – Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! And, thank you!!! You are especially kind with your words, and know that I appreciate them very much… And I hope that Mother’s Day was a wonderful day for you.

@Audra – Hi Audra. Moms rock! Moms are awesome! Moms sometimes have a job that doesn’t get a lot of praise – and they should – with all they do! So for that, my mom, and my wife – they both are great mothers! And so are you, Audra! And…you’re way nice with your words, do you know that… Thank you. Very much. Thank you.

@Mark – Thanks much!

@Lisa’s Chaos – The flowers are so bright and cheery, they just seemed so fitting for this post! Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

@Meleah – Hi Meleah. Thank you, glad you liked it! And a late Happy Mother’s Day to you…

@Liz – Hi Liz, and thank you!! I can really tell how appreciative you are of your own mother, and for your own role as a mother today. Your kids are very lucky to have you in their life – I know you’re giving them the tools they need for success in life. Keep being the awesome mom you are…

@Bella – Hi Bellarooni!! Thank you, mothers certainly are special, and deserve to be remembered (every day).


Liara Covert May 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Mother’s Day can also be everyday. Commercialized societies encourage people to recognize mom’s once a year with some appropriate gesture. It is also possible to be more aware of reasons to be grateful for mom and show her you care 365 days of the year. You decide what works for you. Love is the answer. It is the all-knowing guide that sticks by you always.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..Grasp an unfathomable mystery


Lance May 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Hi Liara. You are definitely correct – we can celebrate our mothers’ every day of the year – especially considering all they do for us. Love is where it’s at…


Cricket May 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Oh Lance. This was just beautiful. I am happy that my mom is doing well and that I have her here today to love.

You are lucky to be in love and both women that you love by your side.

Cricket´s last blog post..I Ponder


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