"... and instead celebrate the fact that we are all in this together - that one woman's success is a success for all of us"A lot of women deserve acknowledgement of their accomplishments and rarely, if ever, receive it. Many of us struggle to work a full-time job, care for our families and households while still making time for a life of our own. It is usually the personal part which suffers while everything and everyone else fares better with our support. Why don't we recognize each other's unique qualities on a regular basis?
There might not be a partner, co-worker or boss who will otherwise praise one of our friends. Only a spare moment is necessary to do so, just a minuscule effort on our part. It can serve to encourage her to carry on the good work, give her the pat on the back she deserves, boost her self-esteem, or simply make her day.
In that light, I want to celebrate a wonderful woman from my life with whom I have become re-acquainted in the last few years. My friend, Lanea, is a sharp, hilarious woman who I don't get to see often enough. We were friends all through school in our mutual hometown but lost contact over the last several years. Thanks to live class reunions and continuous ones through Facebook and the blogosphere, we have gotten to catch up with each others' lives.
Lanea is creative, talented (see http://reciperecords.webs.com/), and generously encourages her friends. I've been lucky enough to relish her supportive words. She is one of the most fun-loving women I know who has a knack for making others feel special. Every time somebody asks a question about popular music, I think, "Lanea would know the answer to that." She's a proud mom who I'm sure showers her kids and husband with lots of nurturing love.
I was so happy to find other praises for Lanea online at Evansville Living.
Like the great people at MissRepresentation.org suggest, we can:
"... make a concerted effort to see women as allies instead of enemies; and let's stop judging other women for their success, their talents or their looks"We are all successful in one way or another, and it's nice to hear someone point it out in a positive manner. It takes so little effort to help someone know how special they are and just how important they are to other people in this journey through life. I encourage anyone who reads this post to do the same.