God be with the mother.
As she carried her child may she carry her soul.
As her child was born, may she give birth and life and form
to her own, higher truth. As she nourished and protected her child,
may she nourish and protect her inner life and her independence.
For her soul shall be her most painful birth,
her most difficult child and the dearest sister to her other children.
The above poem and picture is by Michael Leunig, the cartoonist, and is a lovely wish for mothers everywhere, not only those who have children, but those who bring other fine things to birth in their lives – may we all, women and men, old and young, with children or not, live our own lives and find our own purpose.