What could this possibly mean?
Well, what if each of us behaved toward everyone else, with similar generosity of caring for others on which all of us thrive and would like being on the receiving side?
If everyone behaved kindly and in a mothering way, then wouldn’t this increase the chances of almost everyone feeling well regarded, almost all the time?
“Life is not so simple”, you say.
There are business negotiations, unpleasant tasks, undesired obligations, mistrust, deception, and most of us are tired, too tired to give any mothering to other people.
Each of us at the end of a day, has hardly enough energy to eat, wash up and go to bed.
What if through the daily routines, especially the tenser moments, we remembered to take care of ourselves and offer caring words to someone else?
Chances are that at some point, you’d be the receiver of somebody’s good grace.
And what a magnificent difference a sense of being well regarded, understood and recognized for our essential nature, makes!
Each of us is capable of giving. We don’t expect ourselves to give as often as we are each capable.
Instead very often we are resentful or sad, and feel fearful from not having received enough.
With an open attitude toward other people, including an appreciation and respect of how the person thinks, feels and lives, we offer a type of “mothering” which can only stimulate good will.
Yes, there will certainly be those who take advantage of goodness being offered.
“Mothering” other people does not mean being naive that the world has tricksters and takers.
Avoid and steer clear, quickly as possible from people who mainly have these qualities.
There will still be plenty of people who appreciate your openhearted, sincere interest in them.
And if a high percentage of people function from this point of view, everyone will feel the great sense of love that is generated in this way!