Kim’s Corner: Mothering – What the World Needs Now
-By Kimberly Weichel
This month we celebrate mothers and the qualities of mothering. Being a mother is an integral and important part of who I am, and has shaped my perspective and what I value. I feel a common bond with mothers everywhere―including everyone reading this column―united by the love we have for our children, sharing in our commitment to ensure that our children are safe. The loss or pain of a child anywhere diminishes the entire world family and affects all of us.
I have met a number of women who are not biological mothers, but embody the nurturing, caring, giving, empathetic, generous qualities that are part of mothering. These are qualities of the feminine that have been undervalued in our society, yet qualities that I feel the world is crying out for and are so needed today. To care, to connect, to listen―it’s what we try to do here at Peace X Peace.
I’d like to share a poem I wrote some years ago that expresses my relationship with my mother and my son, and how the qualities of mothering have affected who I am.
My mother was my friend, my teacher, my sister, my role model,
She cared for me when I was ill,
Nourished me as I grew up,
Taught me to play music, inspired me to learn art,
Encouraged me to explore the world
Showed me, motivated me to do what I love
I learned so much from my mother, my grandmothers, my aunts,
Most of which I could never learn from school
I learned how to take care of others as well as myself
To nurture, love, be creative, experience life
They supported me through difficult times
And their love filled me with the confidence to find my own way
I am now a mother myself and can apply what I’ve learned
My bond with my son is very deep and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced
But my mothering goes beyond this relationship
My mothering affects my work in the world, how I treat others, the environment
It is part of the core of who I am
I say thank you to my mother and to all mothers everywhere
It is at the same time the hardest and most fulfilling job there is
Thank you to mothers for giving life and nourishing souls
And thank you to Mother Earth for sustaining us all
I wish all mothers, and all those who care for others in any way, the blessings they so richly deserve.
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