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My Changing View of Women
Many wonder why we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Family Day, Women’s Day and the like… I personally like that we have designated days to celebrate things. I don’t feel that the majority of North Americans celebrate enough. When we celebrate things, we are seeing the positives and we are being grateful. And, you know that anger and fear cannot anchor in the mind of one that is overcome with gratitude.
As a child and a teenager, I couldn’t even say the word “woman”. I did not want to become a woman because the women that were my examples were not the type of people I wanted to become. I refused to carry a purse or wear jewellery and I dressed very plainly. In my twenties, I had female bosses that I was unable to look up to…
It wasn’t until I had my first child, that my respect for women began to take root. We all grow up being told that women are the weaker gender. Why, then are the women slated to go through labour and then perform the hardest job on earth of raising children to become successful adults? As a mother, I began watching all the working moms. They went to work, raised their children, kept their house in order and remained the emotional backbone of the whole family. I watched as their children grew up physically and emotionally and began contributing to the world. I saw the strength in these women as they overcame each challenge one at a time. I noticed that they simultaneously became more and more important in their careers. I watched with awe and wonder at the capabilities of women and one day, began embracing being female.
Today, through my work, I help some of these women. When I see their hair analysis results and when I help them through life coaching, I see the strain that their busy lives have put on their bodies and minds. I see the vitamins and minerals they are lacking in and the systems that are out of balance in their bodies. I have met with a lot of women now and I see the patterns….the majority of them are doing too much for others and not enough for themselves. That is their biggest weakness but I now know that women are far from weak.
One of my most important jobs is to help women see their own importance. I help them get back on track by helping them come to love themselves the way the rest of us love them! I help them learn to nurture themselves and feel grateful for their copious accomplishments.
It was only through writing this blog that I realized that I went from not wanting to be a woman, to loving being a woman, to supporting women in any way that I could because I now revere them so much. Because of International Women’s Day, I was able to have this insight into myself and into women in general. To all the women out there that are reading this blog, I CELEBRATE you; I SEE you; I LOVE you, and I am immensely proud to be one of you.
Meredith, you are a shining example of what women aspire to be and a great role model!