The Good Mother

May 26, 2006

The Good Mother

Scmother_1 I drew this card today in my Daily Reading, and noticed in my Readings Notebook that she has come up about once a month in the past 5 months!  This is definitely an issue that I’ve been working on and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she keeps appearing in my readings.

In the past, this is a little bit of what she has said to me: I am the one who reads you to sleep each night, who walks with you on the beach and who holds you when you are sad.  I am the one you tell your troubles to and I am the one who knows how to make everything all right.  I am the one who listens to your happy stories, your jokes, your disappointments, your failures.    I am the one who listens without judgment.  I am the one who picks you up when you fall, who comforts you when you are sad. 

Today, though, I noticed that her message was a little different: I am the one who is your inner mothering voice.  I am the one who instinctively knows how to care for and nurture others, and most of all how to care for and nurture YOU.  Most of your life I have been the loudest, strongest, and best at nurturing others- friends, nieces, nephews, schoolchildren, stepchildren, cats.  Now I am asking to play a larger role in taking care of, loving, and nurturing YOU. 

Allow my voice to speak to YOU now, Anne Marie.  It is time.  I am the one who gives “mother” a good name.  It is time to relearn the old scripts of the mother-daughter relationship.  It is time now to mother your self with love and compassion and the same tenderness that you have always given to others.

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