Sunday, January 8, 2012
This was the 2nd rug I hooked several years ago. It is a Deanne Fitzpatrick design - Coastal Girls. I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it. Having grown up along the Coast and being surrounded by some incredible women, I loved what this rug expressed. This rug resides beside my bed. It is the last thing I see at night and the first thing I step on in the morning. As soon as I got up this morning, I knew how this post would develop.
It has been several days since I blogged. There has been a lot going on - some good and some not so good. But in all of it I experienced some extraordinary women. There was an evening of laughter. I sat and looked around at this particular group of women - all different in ages, personality, background etc however all extremely accomplished in their own lives. It was an experience I am happy I allowed myself to participate in. I am learning a lot about myself in the past few years. I am more open to new experiences, to stepping outside of my comfort zone. That is perhaps one of the things that struck me this weekend - the confidence and openness of women.
The other spectrum of the weekend involved laughter and tears. I spent some time with a friend who was facing a different type of personal challenge. Sometimes, through no fault of our own, we find ourselves at a crossroads. And sometimes neither option is appealing. There are times when you get caught up in someone elses "Bat-Shit Crazy". Over the past couple of days, we have had several conversations and I had tried to encourage the high road.
I was so proud of her for chosing quiet dignity as opposed to a few moments of satisfaction. We all know that sometimes the desire to "stick-it-to-someone" can be strong and alluring but it doesn't last. It was just another reminder of the strength and power of women in our daily lives.
Take some time to look around and appreciate the women in your lives. You will see strength, kindness, support, generosity, compassion, knowledge, and leadership. Surround yourself with good people and good things will follow.