Marianne Williamson

page 113 of A Womanís Worth, 1993, Random House, Inc.

Part of loving is helping people find their own strength. Dorothy Canfield Fisher said, " A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." Our children are not extensions of ourselves. We did not create them; God did. We are here to supervise their development, not dictate their reality. They are their own beings. We must not seek to impose our own rhythms on them, but, rather, help them find and maintain their own. We can be the space in which a childís way of being is so respected that he or she finds a greater inner ease. That is the priestly function of motherhood.