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Some days we need some giving inspiration, and this give is inspiring in so many ways. I once told a friend that you never truly understand your Mother until you become one.

You never know the unconditional love and work it takes to be a Mom until you are pulling your hair out as your toddler has a temper tantrum or keeps you up every night for the first 3 years of his / her life.

You never know how much respect, understanding and compassion our Mothers deserve – until you become one. My mom is my giving inspiration today and this story must might inspire you to do something for your mom or a mom figure in your life.

Day 327: Give 327

Almost 2 years at the age of 71 my Mother had to recreate her life. She moved from her home in Ontario to our home in Vancouver. She had to reinvent her life as she knew it due to personal reasons. Not what we all imagine for our retirement.

I am so proud of her for all she has gone through and her strength that has upheld her through a difficult time.

She had just one thing she wanted to do this summer more than anything. Ride a bike. Health issues had stopped her from doing this over the last few years and this was my chance to give her a gift.

My give today was taking my mother for a bike ride.

This give may sound a bit odd but if you had heard her half way through our ride saying how good it felt to be back on a bike (now 73) you would have known what a gift it was.

Sometimes we just need a little help to get us going.
Someone to hold your hand as you learn to walk.
Someone to give your bike a push when you take your training wheels off for the first time.
Someone to give you the courage to full fill your dreams.

I gave my Mother my bike and adjusted all the settings so it fit her just right.  I packed my son and his bike in the car along with my roller blades so I could keep up and we biked all the way around Stanley Park.

Both my son and my mother managed the 10 km ride without any problems. They made me proud.

After 327 days of giving I have come to realize that giving comes in so many forms. I made my Mom smile today, I made her proud of her accomplishments and set a passion she has for biking back in motion.

No give is too small especially when you give another the inspiration to say ” I CAN do it!” My giving inspiration came from someone’s need to be inspired.

What have you done to support a friend, a stranger or most importantly your Mother lately? Share you story with us and we will share it with the world in hopes to inspire more people to give generously in their lives. Leave a comment, send us a Tweet (@365give) or comment on Facebook.

Time Commitment: 3 hours

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Jacqueline Way
Jacqueline Way
My dream is to inspire people around the world – young and old – to make a better, happier world for everyone. As a family we have come to learn through our own daily giving practice that if we all do one small thing to give every day – together we will be the change the world needs.

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