We’re Wise Women
Think about how much more you know now than you did 10 years ago. With each passing decade, we grow stronger — whether it’s the leap from adolescence to young womanhood at 21 or the soulful strut into our 30s, 40s or 50s. We’re wise women.
No one has to tell us that 30 is the new 20 or that 40 is the new 30. We’re feeling it and living it. We’ve got brains to go along with our beauty, spiced with mother wit and street smarts. We’re more comfortable in our skin. We’re wise women.
We say what we mean, and we mean what we say. We’re too busy taking care of business. We don’t have time for drama, room for negativity, tolerance for foolishness. We’re wise women
As we reach new levels of clarity and confidence, we let things roll off our shoulders that might have kept us awake in the past. We find it fulfilling to share bits of our wisdom that might help others solve a puzzle or avoid some of our missteps. Even when they don’t listen, we’re mature enough to refrain from saying, “I told you so.” They might prefer a hard-knock life, but not us. We’re wise women.
We make the most of each day. We learn from the past, live in the present and look forward to whatever the future holds. We’re wise women.
After God, or whatever higher power we honor, we put ourselves first so that there’s more of us to give to our families, our friends, our communities, our world. We celebrate our elders and nurture our young. We’re wise women.
We understand that life throws us curveballs that can be lessons in living. We’ve learned to go with the flow and when to be still so that we can catch the message. We’re wise women.
No one has to tell us about ourselves; we know we aren’t perfect. We’re already turning our weaknesses into strengths and building on our gifts. We’re becoming even more fabulous. We’re wise women.
We laugh hard and love even harder. We share our joy as well as our pain. We welcome healing and helping hands. We’re wise women.
When something doesn’t feel right, we don’t go into denial; we go to the doctor. We make our loved ones go, too. We’re lifting barbells instead of forks, trading fat for fruit, tasting our food instead of automatically reaching for the salt. We’re watching our numbers. We’re trying to have less bounce to the ounce. We’re wise women.
High unemployment won’t keep us down. We’ll figure out how to reinvent ourselves, make a way out of no way, stretch our funds and protect our last good nerve. We’re focused on being healthy, wealthy and wise. That’s what wise women do. No matter what, we’ll always be wise women.
From my heart to yours,
Yanick Rice Lamb