Why Celebrating My First Mother’s Day at Age 17 Was Actually a Blessing

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My sons, Rich Boggs and John Boggs – age 5

Mother’s Day is often a day of reflection for me.

I celebrated my first Mother’s Day at the age of 17, and while that may sound scary for some, it was actually a blessing for me.

Whether you’re a mother or not, I’m sure you’ve had moments in your life that have rocked your world in a big way. We’ve all been there.

It’s what we do when we stare down the seemingly impossible situations in our lives that show us what we’re truly capable of.

Today, as we celebrate the courageous mothers in our lives, I challenge you to reflect, as I have, on the obstacles that seem too big or too scary for you to face. When we flick our fear in the face we realize that the power inside us is immeasurable.

Consider what powers might be waiting inside you as I share with you how I overcame one of the most unexpected and difficult hardships I’ve ever faced.

For me, getting pregnant at such a young age helped fundamentally shape who I became later in life.

Shortly after giving birth to my first son, John, I was diagnosed with fatal kidney disease and was told that I had six months to live.

Just before having surgery to remove one of my kidneys, I met someone who would forever change my life.

The chaplain at the hospital showed me how I was making my body physically sick with the guilt and shame I was having about myself for getting pregnant at 17.

I was literally making myself sick with my thoughts.

This was the beginning of a transformational awareness and healing that saved my life.

This realization put me on a trajectory that would result in me recovering from kidney disease and baffling all the doctors and medical experts.

I would go on to dive deep into the study of transformation and the principles I share with the world today. That experience served as the catalyst for the Tools for Transformation course on living an amplified life.

While things looked bleak at age 17, I would go on to give birth to three more children, and am blessed today with even more “bonus children” and grandchildren. I also learned a great deal about the power of grace and empathy.

Today, as I celebrate Mother’s Day, I am grateful for every event and step in my life that has brought me right here, living a life I truly love.

So what about you? Have you ever experienced a huge disappointment marked by struggle, shame and circumstance that turned out to be one of the great defining moments of your life?

Are you going through something RIGHT NOW that you could use to change everything? Could you allow yourself to ask, “I don’t know how, but what would I do if this actually worked out for my good?”

If you’re going through something and you’d like to share it with me, please comment below. I read every comment and I’d love to know how you’re finding blessings in unlikely and unexpected forms.

No matter where you’re coming from, I hope this Mother’s Day you are filled with GRATITUDE AND LOVE for all you are, all you have and all that is still to come!

With love,

Mary Morrissey

Categories: Inspiration

Comments (8)

  • Here I am at the age of 75 starting a new life once again. My companion and love of almost 17 years died suddenly early last year and shortly after my house sold causing even more chaos in my life. I have a place to live now where I have a lovely view but problems with the place causing me to spend a lot of time with it. I have in mind to start a new business and have almost all the plans laid plus I have the experience for each part of a rather ambitious undertaking. What I don’t have is the focus to get started. I’m hoping that Dreambuilder Live will do it for me.

  • Sue Wilson

    Thank you for sharing this very personal story. I became pregnant at 19…was married and gave birth before my 20th birthday. My sisters both shamed me and called me as usual, “Dumb Ole Sue.” I was a “different” person…after taking the GEDs, the entire faculty at my High School made an all out effort to get me into a college…they were shocked at my IQ and being ADD/HD, I was a bit shocked too! As it turned out, I was the first in my family to get a college degree, my brother followed suit. I went on to get my master’s. I have three successful grown children and I’m happy. For some reason, the shame game never took with me. I was comfortable with my sexuality…my mother died when I was 15 and I wanted a family more than anything else in the world. I am so grateful for being “dumb ole Sue.” I didn’t fit with the sibling sisters. My life has been blessed and I know The Eye was on this Sparrow! Our marriage has been rocky, but we do love each other…two opposites if there ever were the such! I’m passionate and driven; he’s a-political and laid back. Drives me nuts! If both of us were like me…we’d never have made it. I have become tolerant of his inaction and that of others, but it has certainly been a source of daily purpose! I write letters and protest for at least an hour a day. My Facebook page is a blog on my environmental and social justice issues. I do get lots of comments from friends who were previously unaware of issues. I love you, Mary and you have given me so much great advice. You are a lady of great faith and purpose. Blessings to you!

  • Asenath Cassel

    I am so grateful to have found you and Sonia Ricotti during my life journey because so many incredible things have happened to me through struggles at times that I, too, thought were impossible. I wish I had had the insight that I have now through my studies with Sonia and now with you.

  • Hi Mary, & thank you. In preparing for your video, I bought a white board at th .99 cent store & wrote down all the things you said to write, and I took screen shots of the visuals you put up during your video. I’m getting answers to things that, I’m sure were & and still are my unconscience use of the 5 super gift you taught me about. My parents took only one picture of me as a child and I was alive and breathing, but I looked like a zombie baby. I now realize that, though the youngest of five children, and parents who stayed married, no one had bothered to wake me up as an infant, to so me how easy it was to live and love. A small revelation of a secret, unconscious motivation. But I feel that now, at least I know what I don’t know ‘ hopefully these newely introduced super powers continue opening my.

  • Matekino Tuatara

    I feel it is time for me right at this moment, to share with you Mary Morrissey; the change that I am feeling within me… The light doesn’t feel so far away anymore… Only because I know now that I am the light to my own Destiny.. That within me is the love that I have longed for, for many years. Your beauty and thoughtful words are inspiring me to proceed to the light without fear and anger… Thank u xox I am not perfect but I know being a Life Coach will truely help help others trying to find who they truely are :)

  • Thank you for sharing this vulnerable experience of yours. Finding the courage to apply for jobs to support me and my daughter is what I struggle with right now.

  • Nadine Hanchar

    Good morning Mary! Happy mothers day back to you. I want thank for sharing your life true meaning of beautiful blessing with us all. I too have become a mother at 17year of age. It was a very very stressful situation for me where I often feel like giving up, but there was this voice inside of me keep saying I can do this. And then my mother was all ways there for me even when we had nothing she would always find a way of putting food on the table and making sure we all were safe and ok! Thanks be to God for the mother I had. My Son Delano is now going to be 27year of age in a fews days. Praise God for my blessed gift of my one Son. I am now having some health problems. Which I am praying and hope to overcome one of these find days, please pray for me and I do hope, pray an look forward to see you and hear in person some sweet day. Have a wonderful day Nuff love Canada.

  • Hello Mary: It is true that our children, no matter what age they are, give us life and a reason for achieving things in this world. I thank you for your testimony. I have three girls ages 32, 34, and 35, and one granddaughter aged 4. They light up my world and give me purpose and that’s why I want to become a Life Coach. Thanks again.

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