"I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it." Cheryl Strayed
I meet them all the time, women who have incredible resilience, who've survived abusive homes, life threatening illnesses, cultural restraints, starting life over alone in new countries, raising children alone without support. Brave women who refuse to give in to fear and doubt. They hold onto hope, even when hope is slim and they make it one bit at a time.
The weird thing is....these same women often see themselves as worthless, lacking in brilliance and strength and courage. In the workshops I run, I meet them, I hear their stories and I am in awe.
Sometimes to survive we grit our teeth and hang on. We push ourselves to get through whatever overwhelms us but too often we forget to see the brave it took, and the persistence.
It took me a longtime too, to admit the courage and strength and brave I had to hold on and overcome. Now I get to help these incredible women know they are survivors, amazing women, strong, powerful, who have more than showed they are capable of anything.
Happy Thursday, Guys.