One of the Greatest Things I Learned from My Mother

Today being Mother’s Day, I naturally think of my own mother.

Not long ago, I was doing my laundry. Folding the clothes that came from the dryer, I thought of how my mother taught me how to do the laundry at a very early age, and that became one of my chores around the house.

The Empress, from the Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood.

The Empress, from the Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood.

And having that memory brought more memories of other things my mother taught me: As a single parent, she taught me all the things I needed to know to take care of myself. And that brings me to our Tarot card for today, The Empress, a natural card for Mother’s Day, as she represents mothers and maternal figures.

But she also represents the ability to take care of oneself, as well as others. And that’s the greatest lesson my mother taught me. Through somewhat domesticated acts, like laundry, cooking, and sewing (our Empress sits at a loom weaving), I learned how to be self-sufficient around the home.

And that was a message I remember passing on to an employee when I worked as a manager. I was conducting her performance evaluation with her. She was a single mother, so I used this analogy with her: I told her that my job (at that time) was to nurture each of my associates to become fully self-sufficient and productive workers, so that they could do the job when I was there—but especially when I wasn’t. I said it was just like her responsibility as a mother—to raise her child to be a self-sufficient and productive person in society.

Just like The Empress.

For all the mothers—and those with a mothering spirit—who read these words today, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for your caring and nurturing this day—and every day.

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About James Himm

James Himm Mitchell, the Dreamer and Visionary of LifePlan Coaching & Consulting, LLC, works as an intuitive life coach, with a focus on personal growth and development. His specialties are Dream Decoding, Oracles (Tarot, playing cards, and Lenormand), and Energy Medicine (Reiki), and he uses those modalities coaching individuals to create the tools and develop the strategies that transform their lives.
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