In Steven Pressfield’s book the Gates of Fire, he tells the story of how the Spartan King Leonidas selected the 300 hundred Spartan men who were chosen to fight the enemy at the Battle of Thermopylae.
“The King didn’t pick his 300 champions for their warrior prowess… he picked them instead for the courage of their women…for the strength of their wives and mothers to bear up under their loss”
Leonidas knew that death at Thermopylae was inevitable. So why then, would he send his men into die knowing their fate? He understood that Sparta would face other battles and if it were to remain standing, it would be because the wives and mothers would hold Sparta up on their shoulders and not give way to despair as this would mean death to all of Greece.
“The Spartan women did not break nor give way.”
A year later, the Greek fleet was able to hold back the Persians at Salamis and Plataea hence ensuring the survival of the West because of their women.
And it remains true today, that the survival of our families, communities and culture in large part is due to ‘tough mothers’ and wives and daughters. I give my love and all my thanks to the selfless woman who adopted me and raised three children on her own a Tough Mother award.
May we be one or may we know one. Happy Mothers Day!