I wrote about you being Wonder Woman, whether you’re ready to accept that title or not. And ever since I keep noticing how incredible the women around me truly are.
Let’s take a quick inventory –
There’s the sister I have who’s always worked hard in a thankless job – teaching. She’s taken on odd jobs when needed, volunteered in the activities her kids are interested in, and generally been a cheerleader to any of us when we need it. And, it should definitely be mentioned that she’s quick with a witty comeback when she has time to think about it first.
Then there’s the other sister I have. She’s got more conviction and sass in her pinky (and occasionally pink hair) than I could imagine possessing. She’s raising a possible army of hard-rock singing, Star Wars fans who will cuddle you into submission. She’s level headed and goes with the flow. She can debate with the best of ’em, while truly hearing and respecting the other side. She’s supportive and loving, with just the right amount of sarcasm.
I have a friend who is spreading her energies all over the place – playing a supporting role in a number of different volunteer groups, all while raising a toddler.
I have a friend who works full time and relishes bath time and bedtime stories with her kids at night.
I have a friend who finds what makes a woman tick and captures it with her camera to reflect it back to the ladies she serves – who might not believe the beauties they are.
I have a friend who works a part time job so she can spend special time with her kids, having mom/son dates and mom/daughter manicures.
I have a friend who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, raises twins, and teaches high school students.
I’ve met women who donate time, money, and energy to
- stopping human trafficking
- feeding homeless teens
- helping homeless women and children
- assisting veterans in getting an education, jobs, and homes
- educating couples on the military lifestyle
- raising awareness for sexual assault
- encouraging submarine families
- providing dental care to those who can’t afford it
- sharing positive and healthy self-love with preteen and teen girls
- organizing homeschool activities and events
- giving active duty and veterans a chance to get into the outdoors
- coaching kids’ sports teams
- feeding older adults
- supporting survivors of sexual abuse
- rescuing animals
- and probably other great causes I haven’t remembered!
Every day I interact, either in person or on Facebook or via email, with inspirational women that encourage me. I look up to them. I lean on them. I laugh and cry with them. I am them. Well, I’m not actually them, but all the things they are to me, I am to them. It’s a pretty phenomenal circle of life.
So, what’s my point? I sometimes get a little overwhelmed realizing how incredible the tribe is that surrounds me. I am in awe of the love and joy they bring to my life and humbled when they thank me for supporting them. In a word – it’s down right marvelous!
Don’t ya think?
Maybe you should spend a few minutes realizing the joys and blessings in your life too. It’s easy to get caught up in who posted a political meme you don’t agree with or a snide remark that didn’t sit right with you. It’s easy to feel frustration over people in your life who don’t get it – whatever it is. But today, or maybe tomorrow, why not shift your focus…and marvel?
That would be great, wouldn’t it? Maybe even better than great…maybe marvelous!