several days ago while writing in my journal, i went into great detail on my gratitude to the strong women in my life. the women i watch and admire. the women in my life i find myself taking to heart their words and actions of wisdom who are helping make me a better woman. to steal maya angelou’s words, they are my phenomenal women who serve as my mentors. they make me push through the struggle. they are my sunshine in the darkness, my umbrella on rainy days, the eye of calm in the middle of the typhoon. some are my soft tissue with extra aloe for my tears. kindred spirits whose arms i feel wrap around me from miles away. they are my renaissance women.
my renaissance women are leaders. they are women who are not afraid to be who they are — they don’t follow the current fad or trend. they stand out. they are problem solvers, tenacious, self-confident; they encourage me to embrace those things within myself. i call them my “circle of women.” they are focused, brave, strong and have no fear of exploring new beginnings and accepting endings. yet, i have seen these women reach out for help, apologize and shed tears. i observe them in a constant state of learning. not one of them has ever claimed to “know it all,” in contrast, it is when we collaborate that the best of our friendship flourishes and grows.
i look to my renaissance women when i am faltering. i am greeted with options and help. they are my prayer warriors, their doors are always open — “mi casa is su casa,” — all open their hearts, ears and arms to embrace me. the feeling of knowing within this circle of women i am loved, beyond all my crazy, there are no words that can express my gratitude. not only that, my renaissance crew is real, raw and honest. they are a force to be reckoned with. love isn’t only comfort, it is also discomfort. love is honest — it challenges, corrects and teaches without that unneeded dose of shame and disrespect. when you know that someone only wants you to be the very best you can be, that is a bond that is not easily broken.
these women astonish me with their lessons learned and how they incorporate them into everyday living. as a person who has spent a lot of life running from the pain of her past, they give me the courage to stand, to face, to go through, to accept. their example gives me courage and comfort, know they will be on the other side waiting for me. i guess renaissance initially makes you think of the “good old days” and the women the foraged through to make history. the women in my life are just that — in a modern world sense. renaissance, a noun, is defined as “a woman who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.” my circle of women, that is who they are; who they aspire me to be. they take the gift of the past and blend it with the present and prepare for their future.
today i am thankful for ..
- this amazing life
- the hard times when my brain just doesn’t make sense
- a comfort of being a place that always feels like home
today i am listening to .. best man holiday soundtrack
enjoy the sunshine.
affectionately yours, Laura