Today I am inspired by women.
I am part of several sisterhoods – my sister and mother, my in-law sisterhood including my mother-in-law, my friends, my writing group, and several online groups.
Each woman in my life brings something especially powerful to my own journey. I love how you have shared your authentic experiences, your truth, your perspective, your heart, kindness, generosity, curiosity, healing, wisdom, and imagination – I could be here all day.
I laugh with my sisters, cry, scream, vent, and celebrate.
There is a powerful energy building. Women are behind this energy and winds of change. We are speaking up for ourselves, for others, for injustice, for our planet. We are healers. We are stepping up to bring balance to the world. We are taking our rightful place.
Thank you to all the women I know. Every one of you touches my heart and helps me be a better person…a better woman.
And you have touched my life, my friend, in a very meaningful way.
The most important women that were in my family life have all passed on so I rely on memories and lessons learned from the past to keep the feeling of being connected with them. I do have several older friends whose friendships I cherish because I don’t have sisters. Their guidance has proven invaluable at times. I was the only girl in a lineup of 9 grandchildren in my generation so I didn’t even have female cousins to confide in.
I am grateful for all you ladies that I’ve become acquainted with in Freefall and other writing groups. When I hear of all the good things and not so good things and how we all manage in life, it is precious to me.
I’m grateful to social media which allowed me to reconnect with several gals I was good friends with in school. It has been an interesting year reconnecting and sharing stories of battles won and lost and how our lives have played out. It has been more than 40 years since I’ve seen them. We were all supposed to meet at my high school reunion this past May but it got postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic.
Now that I’m in my 60’s I have felt a shift in the role that I play with other women. In earlier times I was the one doing the learning. Now as an older woman or crone, I’m the elder, the teacher. It feels wierd. Before, it seemed like that role was so far into the future and now that future is the present.
I spent time this summer teaching my daughter-in-law about gardening. It has been a wonderful experience. It reminded me of the times I spent with my mom and god mother in their respective gardens. I hope that all we women as we grow older can leave a good legacy for the younger gals that will follow in our footsteps.
We are the heart of the home – the organizer, the keeper of secrets, the warden, the first aid person, the teacher, the list goes on. I believe it is our energy that moves the earth and when women are in charge everyone benefits.
A few years ago, I read in the National Geographic magazine of some charitable organization that gave micro loans to women in developing countries so they could do things like buy livestock to raise and sell to earn extra income for their families. One woman bought a cell phone and charges people in her small village a fee to use the phone. The difference that this made to their families was nothing short of phenomenal. So it shows what women can do when we have the chance.
Thanks to each and everyone of you.