So we are at chapter 4 in this candle making journey and in it I am wanting to introduce another amazing woman and that is “me”. Although introducing myself and stating I am an amazing woman isn’t so easy, but I am guessing so many of you will resonate with that. In introducing myself I would like to include a piece from the book “A confident woman” by Joyce Meyer.
“Mom and dad were watching TV when mom said, “I am tired and it is getting late and I think I will go to bed”. She got up, went to the kitchen and made sandwiches for the next days lunches, rinsed out the dessert bowls, took the meat out of the freezer for supper for the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons in the bowls, put bowls on the table, started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning, put some wet clothes in the drier, put a load of clothes in the washer, ironed a shirt, sewed on several loose buttons, picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the telephone book back in the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a waste basket, hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for a school outing, pulled out a textbook from under the chair, signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope, wrote a quick list for the supermarket the next day, she went and put both of those in her purse. Mom then creamed her face, put on her moisturiser, brushed, and flossed her teeth, trimmed her nails. Hubby called “I thought you were going to bed?” “I’m on my way she said” She put some water in to the dogs bowl, put the cat outside, made sure the doors were locked, looked in on each of the children, turned on a bedside lamp, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the laundry basket, had a brief conversation with the one child still doing homework, In her own room she set the alarm, laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack, added 3 things to do to the to do list for the next day. About that time the husband turned off the TV and announced to no-one in particular “I’m going to bed” and he did!
I hope that read brought a smile to your face today on what is International Woman’s Day. I wonder how many of you can relate to this. I have to say I have an amazing husband, so this extract is not reflective of our household. I acknowledge that some may not consider me to be amazing because I am not like the incredible woman represented here; but for me that does not mean I am not amazing and that I do not perform a vital role in making my family unit work. I am not saying I am perfect, but I have learnt to not compare my individual contribution and the qualities I bring to my family to that of another woman. I have learnt that every family is unique and to concentrate my efforts to work with my husband to create a best fit for us and not to try to aspire to be what another woman is to her family. Ladies go easy on yourselves. We are expected to be so much in todays society. Be you and the best you can be and be content in that, not comparing yourself to others or what you perceive society expects you to be. Be proud and declare how amazing you are, whilst declaring how amazing the woman around you are even if their amazing looks completely different to yours.
So how does this fit into my candle making journey. Well I guess if I didn’t have the confidence to acknowledge how amazing I am, I probably wouldn’t have the confidence to embark on this journey.
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