I opted to stay home from church this morning to resist temptation. LOL That sounds all wrong so let me explain. My voice is giving me trouble. I had surgery to remove nodules from my vocal order over 18 years ago. My doctor informed me that I was young to have those issues and that I could likely get them again.
I’ve been very fortunate to have a strong voice for this many years because I put it to the test teaching classes. But it only takes a little sinus congestion to affect it. For the past three weeks, I’ve not had a full, strong voice. A full week of classes doesn’t help so I’m trying to back off this week a bit and rest my voice.
What’s so funny about that is when you CANNOT do something, it makes you want to do that very thing even MORE. Right? Twist your ankle and you’ve never wanted to workout more. It’s just true.
Today my mind is just overflowing with thoughts and this is my platform to “voice” those today. 🙂
I’ve been reading an amazing book by Jessica Honegger, the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection called Imperfect Courage. It’s about living a life of purpose by leaving comfort and bravely showing up for ourselves and for people we love. OH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I recently challenged the ladies participating in our Rock Your Jeans challenge to share with me some head trash they were dealing with. Head Trash. We all have it. Those voices in our head that tell us we cannot, are not strong enough, smart enough, thin enough…. My challenge was for us to recognize the head trash, document it and share it with me.
Ladies, DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH ALIKE WE ALL ARE??? I had this conversation with Becky yesterday. If we could look at one another and see the deep wounds and battles that we are all deal with, it would be eye opening. We would share grace a little more and judge a little less.
But do you want to know what I love the most about women? We all have that deep-down-we-get-this-sisterhood-thing. Something inside of us instinctively longs for it.
Women are under a ridiculous amount of pressure to meet “society’s expectations”. Have “it all”. Be “it all”. (Whatever in the world is “it all” anyway?)
Often we judge others because of a lack of understanding about our differences. But what if instead we see those differences as walls dividing us, we see them as opportunities to grow in mercy and grace?
What it comes down to is this: there are two ways to approach our sisters in this one precious life, and one of them is worth doing. We can either judge, condemn, disregard and indict people by deciding they’re shallow, an inconvenience, a mess. Or we can learn more about them, affirm them, celebrate them and love them offering them compassion. We can choose to assume positive intent – that someone is doing the best they can.
I fail terribly at this some days but I most certainly will not give up doing my best to offer grace, love and support.
In the end, we all want the same things, ladies.
- To be seen.
- To be accepted.
- To be known.
- To be loved.
This week I am asking you to do something. Show someone that kind of love and Sisterhood WINS!
In the words of Jessica Honegger: “We are all born with a voice. Instead of shoving others out of the way in pursuit of our big solo, let’s commit to building stages so that together we can take the platform and sing.”
Here for you, Adina