Artist Unknown unfortunately - this brought a huge smile to my face!
Since most of you who read my posts are women, I thought you might appreciate the 'thread' below, published today on the Daily Om.
Its message inspired me.
Personally, my life has been enriched by the women I've come to know through the on-line art/craft/ mixed media/digital world, whether through Yahoo groups, blogs, or collaborative projects.
I retired, moved cities and left my adult daughters and extended family at the same time I returned to ART as a new focus. The relationships I developed soon after these major adjustments have enriched my life almost daily and I am so grateful each day for those friendships, some now four years old, some for just a few weeks. There have been many LOL's!!!
This community has also served to opened opportunities for me in reaching personal goals, learning new skills, having my art published, and working with many fellow bloggers to help them create a blog they are proud to look at. Most recently, I was invited to join a design team and now look forward to developing more friendships through this new adventure and stretching my creativity in new ways.
In June I'll be heading to Los Angeles to link up with four special art friends and I know, we'll feel like old pals, despite having only met one from this group previously. I look forward to deepening our friendships and know from the past that the 'connection' in person validates the fondness of our correspondence and exchanges here.
Today, I celebrate this global female community and write to convey my deep appreciation and gratitude for the spirit of creativity and sisterhood each of you give me daily.
Women’s Support - Becoming Our Own Role Models
from The Daily Om
There was a time where women stood together in a bond of sisterhood, women supporting women.
As women embrace the fullness of who they are as individuals, they may find themselves supporting other women, helping others to reach the level of inner comfort and outer freedom that they themselves have found. Among those who are less sure of themselves and their place in the world, it may be more common to criticize other women than to seek their help. But there are things that a woman can only learn from another woman, as there are things about being a man that can only be learned from other men. We all recognize that we have much to learn from each other regardless of gender, but sometimes we could use a supportive role model that gives us a more precise example of what and who we can become.
There was a time where women stood together in a bond of sisterhood, women supporting women. It is only natural that the pendulum swings out of balance for a while so that we may have the experience of what we do not want. It is up to women to bring the pendulum back into balance and bring back the sacred sisterhood we yearn for at our core.
If we envision a world where women support each other and help each other find their place in an ever-changing world, then we can become the change we want to see. Jealousy, envy, criticism, and judgment are refuges for the insecure. As we help others to become self-assured, we create a world in which all people help each other, regardless of gender. Only women can make the change in how women are seen and understood, not just by other women but by the world at large. The way we speak about each other to other women and to the men in our lives informs everyone to treat us with the respect that all women, and all people, deserve.