I had the privilege of attending an all women’s event recently. An event that really made me sit back and ponder what was going on around me. Really, who was around me.
As you know, today is a very turmoiled day. Each day is.
In the news, we hear of racial this, hate that and define everything.
I don’t really remember a time quite like now. I can’t recall when it felt like society, civilization, was so out of control.
I know it has been. Look at 70’s. I’m sure there were people then that thought the same thing. How did life change so much and so fast.
During the event I was attending, there was a moment of silence. A moment of pondering. Not for prayer necessarily, unless that’s what you needed. But time to just think. Reflect.
As I sat in the dimmed room, with a beautiful harp playing in the background, I began to look around. I guess initially I wanted to see what everyone else was doing.
There were over 200 women in that room that evening. 200! No that’s not a significant amount, no records were broken. But 200 special women that took the time that evening to gather with friends and strangers to reflect on what has been given to us.
My mind started to wander. I wasn’t thinking about my life anymore. I wan’t thinking about the fact that I needed to slow down. All of those thoughts escaped my mind.
I began to see all these women. They were beautiful. All different. Different sizes, personalities, family units, ethnicities, clothing, socioeconomic status. All unique.
I lost myself in those thoughts. How wonderful they all were. How special. Each one a different life. A different purpose.
There was no hate in that room that night. No one comparing theirselves to another.
Just pure beauty.
Then I thought of myself. I’m one of them.
I am beautiful. Special. Unique.
There was no reason to be searching for my identity anymore. No reason to keep comparing myself to what I thought was everyone else’s perfect.
It’s time to put away the judging, of others and ourselves. Put away our differences.
Accept each other for our uniqueness. For our individual differences.
It’s ok to be different. It’s ok to think like no one else.
It’s ok for me to be me and for you to be YOU!
I challenge you for the next 7 days to judge no one, including yourself. To accept the differences of those around you. To allow your loved ones to be who they were created to be.
Can you do it?
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