As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a mom. I feel that I have been blessed beyond measure by being given that opportunity. Back in the 40's and 50's motherhood was the cultural expectation for
every girl. For some that was great, for others it was challenging. Today it has been, to a great degree, misunderstood and devalued.
Now, I'm not speaking out against working mothers. In fact, my grandmother worked in a factory during the depression. By that time, her children (my father and aunt) were in school, and she worked during their school hours, which enabled her to mother them.
What I am speaking out FOR is the power of motherhood that has been usurped by today's confused collective consciousness. (okay...this is where I may be stepping on some toes...forgive me) We have been sold a number of error beliefs in the past few decades that have become "the way it is." We have come to believe that we have no choice and both parents must work in order to get by. We have come to believe that it is critical to have the biggest, newest, most expensive "stuff" in order to be happy. We have come to believe that the role of mother can be duplicated by a day care center. The role and power of "mother" has been devalued.
I do understand that for some, especially single parents, there appears to be no other way. I would like to pose the possibility that there is...that the limitless font of Divine Ideas from the mind of God can provide ways to work together to open new doors of opportunity. I believe that the hand that rocks the cradle can reclaim its' power to rule the world.
Spiritually, the mother represents the loving/nurturing aspects of God, where the father is protector/provider. While it is important to note that both men and women have these qualities, for the purpose of this musing we are assuming "mother." Our children and our world today could use some serious loving and nurturing.
Metaphysically the male represents the intuitive or thinking faculty and woman represents the sensing, feeling faculty. BOTH are required for the development of healthy, fully functioning human beings and the achievement of spiritual maturity.
In today's consumer-driven, materialistic culture, making a living has come to overshadow the importance and simplicity of living our life. We seem to have forgotten simplicity; the true importance of slowing down, being nurtured and nurturing each other, spending time together doing mundane tasks or enjoying nature. Incidentally this costs absolutely nothing.
To me, "The hand that rocks the cradle," is the 'hand' that provides love, nurtures, guides and directs, shaping the young lives of those entrusted to their care. It matters not whether that hand is male or female, but since Mother's Day is Sunday, I invite you to honor the hand that rocked YOUR cradle.