My topic this year is “Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations” because that’s what my book is about as well. On Fridays, I will write you a poem. Every day in October, I will write a short non-fiction essay or vignette for you. Each day has a different word prompt. I hope you enjoy.
Today’s word prompt is TRUST.
Have you ever been in a room full of women (over 100 of them)? It is quite terrifying.
Recently, I was at a conference full of elegant and talented women. We were all there for one purpose – a calling to write. A year ago, I would have entered the room entirely self-conscious of what I was wearing, or not wearing in comparison to the other well-put-together women.
My language was the language of comparison because I never trusted that I was enough.
2017 has taught me a great lesson in who I am in relation to other women. The more I surround myself with women, the more I see how much we need each other.
My friend K. adopted a sweet baby boy and had a beautiful baby girl in the process. My friend L. sludged through a season of utter nonsense. My friend A. battled through depression. And I have battled insecurity on a battlefield of other people’s opinions. We’ve been there for each other – raw and real.
Instead of running far from women I’ve learned to draw near because…
“Empowered women empower women.”
This is a message I’ve heard loud and clear while at the Declare conference. It’s something that resonates deep within me. From my stay with a poet friend to the actual conference, I’m surrounded with a message of empowering other women.
I’m used to being let down. I’m used to looking at myself through the lens of other women, instead of resting in the promise that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. When I look at another woman, I must know and feel, that she too is fearfully and wonderfully made.
When I begin to feel hyper-aware that I’m one of very few Latinas in the room, I look up to the Creator and thank Him for allowing me to carve a path for others. I thank Him for what we’ll collectively learn of Him by being here.
I thank Him because I can finally trust that my empowerment is beneficial to the empowerment of us all.
How about you, friend? What quality do you own that will strengthen another woman on her journey?