As I’ve been working on spending more quality time in real (face-to-face) communication, conversation, and support of those I love, I have had a few thoughts. Maybe because I have been thinking of the many awesome women in my life, and maybe because we just celebrated the connections of mothers earlier this month, and maybe because two of my good friends just gave birth to beautiful baby girls…and maybe just cuz I was vacuuming yesterday (and I ponder through the white noise of the little sucking machine that makes my cute rugs look polished)…but I’ve been thinking of how we need to let go of the catty comparisons and the vengeful feelings we have for other women and help each other walk a little taller.
Could we do that?
I know I’m guilty of judging others and comparing my own weaknesses to others’ strengths. I look at other women and wonder, “why can’t I (have/look like/be more)_________________ like so-and-so?” When I give in to such comparisons, I not only degrade myself but I create contention between myself and another woman. (And, honestly, she may be saying the same thing about me.) When we live in Judgementland or Comparisonville, we are never at rest or at peace. 😦
Can’t we just enjoy the good in others…and the good in ourselves…and help support other women in our lives?
In an interaction with a friend recently, she mentioned that she began saying to the little people in her home, “I love everything about you!” She said that her little people really responded to those words. Through her example, I wanted to try it. Of course, I thought to do it on one of the most disruptive mornings lately…and I was feeling frustrated and felt more like saying to my little people, “I see lots of things you need to work on and change.” Still, I persisted, trying to find a moment to share this with at least one of them…. I do love everything about them–their idiosyncracies along with their personalities and happiness and even the troubles that come as they learn and grow into who they need to be.
I found a moment with my daughter when we were alone in a room, and I leaned toward her ear and softly spoke, “I love everything about you.”
She seemed dumbstruck.
So, I said it again. “I love everything about you.”
She looked at me incredulously. I affirmed my statement while wondering when the last time (if ever) she would’ve felt that she was completely, incomprehensibly, and absolutely loved. I have decided to share this idea with her more, along with my other children…and even the other women in my life, as many of them struggle (as I do) with feeling worthy, accepted, and loved.
Are you in this boat with us? And can we work together to stay afloat and reach the shore and live in the cities of Love and Acceptance together…the way we are now.