The Best of Presents for Your Mom

11. May 2017

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it is a good time to stop, reflect and give thanks to all the mothers or significant caregivers in our lives. For who can usually be counted on to value the time spent with us over anything else that we could give? Our mothers.

Introduced in the early twentieth century, Mother’s Day had roots as one woman’s personal initiative. In 1908, three years after the death of her mother, Anna Jarvis organised a memorial service to honour her own mother, a social activist, and other mothers, for their role in raising children as well as their impact on society. Not surprisingly, given how women were still largely treated as second-class citizens, the idea of institutionalising this day in the United States as an annual holiday did not immediately take off. But as we can bear witness today, there were people who never questioned the importance of this symbolic celebration and were committed to making it a reality.

Today, Mother’s Day mainly marks the occasion when we give our mothers presents or do something special to spend time with them. Even though gift-giving is a universal way of signaling affection to our loved ones (and who doesn’t like to give or receive a present?), simply taking the time to share a moment with the people we love can perhaps be the greatest gift of all.

As popular wisdom has it, time is the most precious thing that we have, yet we often forget to keep this in mind. This weekend, however, when we celebrate Mother’s Day, we should not worry too much about minding the passage of time. Our moms will be only too happy if on this occasion we spare them a few extra moments to give them our full, undivided attention.

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Earth Celebration

21. Apr 2017

On April 22 people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day, an annual event that has been growing in popularity since it was first launched by U.S. environmentalists in 1970. Usually this day provides opportunities to engage in activities designed with an element of education, especially the ways in which we can be more caring and considerate towards our planet. But the day’s name also reminds us that – even as we are social creatures living in the age of technology – it is important to take the time to honour our basic earthling nature and core.

To do this, every now and then we need to tune out the noise and reconnect to a simpler life. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to step away from the pressures and complications of modern society! Often, it can be as simple as barring all the usual distractions for a few quiet moments.

Here at Alusi we welcome Earth Day as an opportunity to take some quiet moments in reflection. We salute the earth and light a candle in celebration of our planet, both as a necessity for our survival and in symbolic recognition of belonging to a larger human family.

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