2011-03-11 – Friday Whisper – You Are a Woman…

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I was thinking during this week what I would write about for this FW. I know it is the International Women’s week, I know women are still have a long way to go…I know that women, everywhere, are struggling everyday with all kinds of problems and challenges… and I am more than sure that you’ve heard about such struggles 🙂
But I decided to write about positive stories for a change…
Her marriage fell apart and her husband gave her hard time…yet, she took her two kids, moved to a new country and decided to start all over again… her kids are now two young smart ladies pursuing their studies, appreciating what their mom went thru for them to get there…
Her dad is a fisherman with very limited income… yet, she pursued her studies till she got her law degree school, and now she is helping her younger brother to finish his school…
She was injured during war, which put her in a wheelchair…yet she decided to pursue her dream of having her own beauty salon… today she owns one…
She was forced into a marriage at a young age with a man her father’s age… then was left with kids… yet, she decided to find a job in order to take care of her kids, her disabled mom and mentally challenged sister…
She felt she is worthless, scared of being alone, not being able to achieve anything … yet, when she decided to believe in herself, she could see how much she has already achieved… how, for her family, life would be nothing without her… how far she can go, and the sky became her limit…
She was always seeking for others’ love, approval and appreciation…until one day she decided to love herself and appreciate even the smallest things she does… it is when she stopped worrying about what others think of her…
She had cancer… and cancer would have won except… she decided she wanted to win this fight for the sake of her family, friends and herself… she did it with patience and belief… and came out a winner ready to beat any barrier…
She was divorced and her kids were taken away from her… yet she decided she wanted to get a high degree and rebuild her own home… today she is reunited with her kids and getting ready for a prominent career…
She had to flee the country because of war and had no choice but to live with her four kids abroad… she transformed her obstacles into opportunities… today she is a proud mother of successful young men and sweet young woman.
You might have met one of them, because they are real cases… What is stunning is that you see them always smiling, extracting strength from their past and keeping their hope in today and tomorrow… amazing how you feel them alive more than many of us whom biggest problem of the day would be that the metro is shut for few hours or bored because they haven’t taken a vacation this year yet…
All those women and similar others inspire me everyday… and made me feel fortunate that I have met them in my life…
Sasha Azadevo, an American actress, said: “I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.”
Another one for unknown author: “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
As I said before: Accept but don’t compromise, give but don’t sacrifice, share but don’t self-deny, acknowledge but don’t surrender, stand up for what you believe in and seize what is yours because you are Wonderful, Outstanding, Miraculous, Adorable, Nurturing or simply a WOMAN 😉
Rania Hammoud
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