Some people say that today’s the best time to be a woman. The world is finally recognizing the achievements of women all around the world, there are more women in universities than males, and the scholarships for women seem to never end. Women have come a long way. foundations are investing predominantly in women around the world. Yet I observe the unhappiness and discontent of women ever growing...
Growing up I was driven, confident, and passionate. I jumped at every opportunity life has given me. Women can be powerhouses, and we should be – that has always been my mindset. Even today, I still believe much of that but have learned that sometimes, I get so caught up in the doing and running around that I forget to "be". I forget to sit and enjoy the quiet moments, I have no more time to have fun sleepovers (my favorite as a kid), or play more board games with my baby or bake my favorite desserts as much as I would like. Some days I forget that life is a journey, not a destination.
This reminds me of the story of Martha and Mary. Martha was busy making sure the house was ready for Jesus, that all the sheets were ironed, the food was ready, the house was cleaned. I guess today that would be like me trying to run to my home office to make sure all my emails were sent out, iPhone charged, house made, speaking events booked, client sessions scheduled and books published – all before Jesus comes. And sometimes it's so easy to forget what I am preparing for.
In contrast, Mary just sat by the feet of her Master. And I think the Master and His gifts are all around. They are in each sunrise and sunset and the new berries in the spring, in my siblings and parents and friends. In the midst of the whirlwind of activities, tasks, and assignments, I forget to sit.
Life is a journey, and doing and sitting are not mutually exclusive. They help to reinforce the other and the times that I have loved the most is when both of these happen.
It is this blend of sitting and giving your 100% at a specific dream and goal that makes each day a beautiful one. From the lyrics of one of my favorite songs:
Life is a challenge not a competition
You can still smell the roses and be on a mission
Just take a moment to get in touch with your heart
Sometimes you feel like you’ve got something to prove
Remind yourself that there’s only one you
Just take a moment to give thanks of who you are
Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes, new dreams, new ways
I open up my eyes and
I open up my mind and
I wonder how life will surprise me today
La la la la la la la la la (x3)
It’s a Beautiful Day (x3)
As we, the women in the world, have even more pressure to perform, to balance the work place and the home, do not forget to take a moment to be surprised by life, chase your passions, take risks, and dream big. I will end off with five (my favorite number) of my favorite phrases:
Live to be surprised.
Learn as much as you can from whoever you can.
Lead with integrity and light. Lead to make the world a more just place.
Laugh at life’s up and downs. Celebrate moments, give thanks, and smile.
Love each person whom your life will touch, that opportunity may only come once.
Have a beautiful day friends and just "be" the unique beautiful woman that you are!
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