I’ve been thinking for a while about what I wanted to say in this post. And not just because it is Thanksgiving. What I have to say applies to the other 364 days of the year as well.
Dear amazingly talented beautiful-hearted women in my life:
I hesitate to tell you exactly how much you have shaped me the past couple of years because I am afraid that you will think I brought nothing to the table of our friendship.
Yet if I just say thank you, how can you even begin to know how deep my gratitude goes?
The thank you I am talking about is a thank you from the bottom of my heart (and soul). Because in many ways, you saved me.
You played a huge part in helping me find myself again. In so many little every day ways you showed me by your example how I could feel better in my body, be happier, and live freer. Your unique stories have opened my heart and inspired me to take risks that I might not have dared to before. You have helped me understand that I am not the island I once felt I was.
I am part of a tribe of strong, talented, uniquely inspiring women.
We are different; but we are so much the same.
From that common ground I not only have become wiser about understanding you, but also wiser about understanding myself.
I realize that your fears are also my fears.
Of not being enough. Of not being good enough. Of not being worthy.
I recognize that your sincere wishes are also my sincere wishes. To be appreciated for our talents, and not defined by our weaknesses. To feel our contributions have meaning and that our efforts at making the world a better place are both noticed and appreciated.
We wish to be free of the junk that weighs us down.
We desire to be loved and cherished for exactly who we are, even as we morph and grow.
We aspire to be the person we were always meant to be.
We need to believe that we are worthy of living the life of our dreams.
We deserve to be cherished, respected and loved by those that matter most.
Thank you women in my life for also standing up to show me the error of my ways.
For being my mirror. For reflecting back to me all those parts of me I was scared to see. And shining a light on all your unique qualities that I hope to someday call mine.
For helping me see I was more than I thought I was. And more than I thought I ever could be.
Thank you for using your light to shine a path for me.
For patiently believing in me, even when I did not believe in myself.
For gently redirecting me when I veered off course.
For supporting all my crazy ideas.
And for doing everything you could to encourage me to continue to find my path and follow my heart.
Thank you for taking the lead when I had lost my way and for graciously letting me lead when I needed to believe I could.
For not judging me when I may have jumped to judge others.
For loving me when I didn’t love myself.
For showing me that bending does not mean breaking.
And for explaining that asking for help is a gift to those who love you most.
Thank you for your grace in making me feel that my talent is no less valuable than yours. And for your empathy, compassion & understanding.
And most especially for calling me bad ass when I felt shaky about my own power.
Women in my life you are all glorious beacons of light and hope, not only for me, but for generations of women to come.
I admire your courage, I honor your truth. And I will never take you for granted. I am not only thankful for you, I LOVE you.
From the bottom of my heart I wish you all a Peace + Gratitude filled Thanksgiving.