How do you quantify the impact of a mother?

First off, she probably gave birth to you. If you’re reading this right now, that means you have a pulse. You owe that to your mom! Of course, not everyone is close to their birth mother. But I bet you have a step-mom, aunt, or female mentor that has made a big difference in your life. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to thank them for their impact on you.

Today, May 10, 2015 is Mother’s Day. We set aside this Sunday to celebrate and honor the mothers and important women in our life. Even President Obama is calling moms to wish them Happy Mother’s Day.

I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my mom. When I was young, my mom stayed at home with four kids keeping the house and our lives in order. When my dad was diagnosed with an incurable cancer, she cared for him everyday for seven years and kept his legacy living on after he passed away. Despite these challenges, I really did have a great childhood, and I owe that to my mom. I can vividly remember my mom being at every major event in my life as I grew up: baseball games, field trips, and every school graduation from kindergarten to undergraduate. Looking back, I honestly can’t figure out how she was able to do all this for my siblings and me.

My mom knew the importance of choosing to never settle in her life long before I started this non-profit. Because of her compassionate heart and sacrifice, I was given incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world. Now, thousands of children have new opportunity provided by Never Settle clean water and education projects. That’s real impact.

You can make that same impact. Join me as I wish my mom and moms around the world a Happy Mother’s Day.

Pittman family at beach

–Jeremy Pittman

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