On March 8th my daughter turns 40. It’s hard to believe, like the cliche says, seems like yesterday she was just a little girl, but I am truly excited for her. Being in your forties is such a great time. You’re no longer considered young, but you aren’t considered old either. It is a time when many achieve their biggest successes, and have learned how to balance work and life.
March is also National Women’s History Month, and this years theme is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Along with celebrating notable women A Woman’s Place (AWP) is launching a new initiative called, The Empowerment Project. Through the various programs we will be offering we hope to help build the spiritual, social, educational, and economic strength of ourselves, individuals, and communities so that individuals and communities may flourish.
Each week throughout March we will be honoring a woman (or women) that exemplifies these three traits. When I was considering all the women in my life, past and present, I thought of several who fit this, but the three women who have had the greatest impact are my grandmother who never worked outside her home, never drove a car, was married to my grandfather for almost 72 years, gave birth to eight children, survived four of them, and lived to be 98. My mother, who only lived to 64, but LIVED every day of those 64 fully, celebrated 47 years of marriage, and loved each of her five children passionately and unconditionally. And ultimately my daughter, who has the best of both of them and truly encompasses my definition of character, courage, and commitment. She is strong, caring, giving, loyal and so much more = character. She pursues her dreams because she doesn’t ever think she can’t, and does so fearlessly = courage. She keeps her promises and never gives up on her goals = commitment. This month, and every month I celebrate my daughter, a woman of character, courage, and commitment.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
– Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR THEIR CHARACTER, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT?
Jacalyn A. Hartzell