A Tribute To Motherhood
I'm sure we can all agree that mothers deserve all the gratitude and love we can offer, not just on Mother’s Day but every day!
Mothers are the hardest workers, the best friends and the greatest comfort. Honestly, I could never do justice by trying to describe their worth in words.
There are some whose mothers cannot be reached today though, for various reasons, so I decided I’d rather honor Motherhood by relating to the archetype through the patterns I see in nature - Something I feel like we can all relate to on this special day.
Metaphorically (peppered with some literal meaning), a mother is the ground beneath our feet. From her soil we grow roots so that we can develop ourselves into who we were created to be. She teaches us that the seeds we sow will grow and we learn this by her example.
Pictured above is Jennie Lockie, Josh Lockie's wonderful mother, during the time she and her husband Dave were running Mountain Arts Pottery.
Motherhood is about nurturing, birthing and passing on the wisdom of compassion, forgiveness, grace, kindness and love. While the Father watches over us providing structure and safety, eliciting values, teaching us how to make good choices and draw healthy boundaries, the Mother meets us when we are in the depth of our pain and assures us that we are loved, cared for and have everything we need to get where we are trying to go.
I heard a pastor say once that he believed God hides Himself behind nature so that we can experience Him in a more personal, tactile way. It always stuck with me. I’ve also heard many potters relate to this by being constantly humbled by the clay they work with; sometimes feeling like it was the clay that was forming them into a better human being.
Pictured above is Maya, one of our long time potters here and she is welcoming in her second child this month! Congratulations Maya!
It’s entirely possible that I unnecessarily read metaphors into things, but I like to think that I’m noticing patterns in the way things move and relate to one another. Regardless, I can’t help but be reminded of the essence of a mother when I look out in nature. Whether it’s observing plants popping up in the spring, seeing a fish leaping out of a creek or walking passed a garden full of flowers, if I pay close enough attention I can witness motherhood everywhere!
So whether you see your mother today or not I hope you can find the inspiration to stop for a moment and experience, sit with and celebrate the archetype of the mother that is around us every single day.
Leave a comment below to share what motherhood means to you!
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