Gratitude to the Women in my Life
Gratitude is something I regularly practice – and as I reflect today, Mother’s Day, about the wonderful women in my life, I want to openly share the gratitude I have for them.
I know I have been very blessed to have been surrounded by beautiful female role models throughout my life – which started way back when I was born into a supportive family with my beautiful mother and grandmothers; and continued as I developed into an adult and became surrounded by a wonderful group of women who I am proud to call my friends.
I know that my mother and my grandmothers have made me the person I am today. As I get older (and more self aware) I can see the shared values we have, and I feel so lucky for the upbringing I received in my formative years to have influenced who I am as a person.
While I will never be as good at cooking (as well as their many of their other talents….) as my mother and my grandmothers; I would like to hope that I have adopted some of their traits of love, care, kindness, and respect that they so openly role modelled to me. Our generational differences and my fiercely independent nature has resulted in me living a very different life than them; but I know their values that have influenced me are still pertinent in my life today – and living these values makes me a better person.
Today I also want to express gratitude for my beautiful girlfriends. Some I have known for what feels a like lifetime; and others have more recently come into my life. Some are mama’s who tirelessly manage the juggle; and some don’t have children which has been either a personal choice, or circumstances have conspired that way for them. Some of my girlfriends I see regularly; and others live half a world away (literally).
Regardless of the similarities or differences between us, I know that all of these fabulous, strong women are there for me – they have been hug givers and shoulders to cry on when I’ve needed it, we’ve laughed at some of the silliest of things, had loads of fun times together, and they have supported and encouraged me when I make life choices that may not have always been conventional or the “safe” option.
I believe people’s paths cross for a reason, and I feel incredibly blessed to have walked a path that has led me to all of these wonderful women who I deeply respect.
They are my Tribe and for this I am grateful.
So today as I reflect and think about my beautiful mother who still spoils me like I’m her little girl and makes me feel like the most important person in the world; my grandmothers who are up in heaven watching over me; and my fabulous friends across the globe who continually support me; I sit back and smile and I am filled with gratitude for all their love and support.