Monday, February 27, 2012

Put Your Hands to Rest

Here is a poem for all you mothers out there.  Dads too :).  We all need to hear these words sometimes.


Hey now,

hey now,

be gentle with yourself-

mothers of this special world.


You too, are special-

chosen to make peace

with this uncharted path.

Put your busy hands to rest.

Tell the nagging critic to step aside.

You have done enough for today,

guilt moves you nowhere.

Go inside, dear one,

where labels don’t matter.


Did you hear me?


Wrap your arms around yourself

and say out loud:

I am enough,

I Am Enough,


Jennie Linthorst, MA, CAPF, is a therapeutic writing coach and the founder of LifeSPEAKS Poetry Therapy.  She works privately with men and women helping them tell their stories and heal, through reading and writing poetry and personal essays. Jennie coaches clients all across the country and around the world via phone, Skype, e-mail, in addition to in person meetings. She is the author of a book of poems, Autism Disrupted: A Mother's Journey of Hope. Her family’s story is captured in the award-winning documentary film, “Autistic-Like: Graham’s Story”.


  1. Beautiful Jenny. I love your poetry! Such a loving acknowledgement for the parents...

  2. Kristina Collmann CostelloFebruary 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I needed to hear this poem today Jenny! I also sent it to my friend Megan who was struggling to be the perfect mom today. You have always had a beautiful way with words.
    Much love to your and your family old friend,