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A Woman’s Wisdom

February 14, 2012

Early Spring Sunset by Ed Hoffman

“If in fact the highest, most creative work is the work of consciousness, then in slowing down we’re not doing less: we’re doing more…Having slowed down physically we’re in a better space to rev up psychically. We are becoming contemplative…We’re going slower in order to go deeper, in order to go faster in the direction of urgently needed change in the world.”   ~ Marianne Williamson

Women over fifty have important work to do. I see this more clearly every day as I witness, in amazement, the wise women who are willing to share their truth, their strength, and their love in ways they could not have done when they were younger. We may be sensing our body slowing down, or our mind tripping over itself more frequently, but a deeper, richer, more significant place of strength grows more prominent with each passing day.  This is the place from which we must make our stand.

The world needs the steady hand of wisdom. A woman’s wisdom…refined by years of struggle, pain, and disappointment, and the stubborn refusal to give in to despair…reveals a more perfect understanding of the true nature of love, the need for forgiveness and an unyielding willingness to continue in hope.  We possess a burgeoning inner knowledge that has no use for restrictions placed by worldly standards or external expectations.

The contemplative nature of the aging is a gift, not only to the one who has made the shift, but to the world of the innocent who have yet to come to understand the depth that life holds for them. Do not be afraid of what you have been given. It is your destiny. It is the world’s necessity. It is its hunger.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2012 2:48 pm

    Beautiful, Dorothy. And at a time the world and we, women, need to hear. In truth we know this . . . it’s the doing that trips most women. But there is an ease and grace that happens in the doing . . . It’s a becoming never before experienced . . . Come, come be quiet . . . there are brilliant jewels waiting to be discovered in our interiors.

  2. February 14, 2012 2:48 pm

    Very inspiring. Thank you

  3. February 14, 2012 5:00 pm

    I like this so much and couldn’t agree more strongly.

    Instead of asking, “why me?” Ask, “what now?” The 12 Steps of AA have taught me that there’s always a next right thing –sometimes it’s sitting in the moment.

  4. February 14, 2012 10:02 pm

    Oh Dorothy….how many times have I chastised myself for wanting to stop “doing”. When, in fact, my heart longs to “just be”. Thank you for your encouragement to stop my “doing” and revel in my “being”. Once again, you’ve hit the nail on the head for me ~ just what I need right now! Blessings to you! ^_^

  5. Caroline permalink
    February 15, 2012 5:17 am

    You will never know the gift you have given me with this essay. This is exactly what I need to know. Despair can be very powerful, but you have helped me see that I must never give in to it. I really do have so much to offer, maybe not in speed, but in depth. I have what the younger generations need: patience, time and wisdom.

    A million thanks for this.

  6. February 15, 2012 1:12 pm

    Wow. Well said….and very true. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. March 7, 2012 3:13 pm

    beautifully said .. thanks a lot

  8. MenopauseCoach permalink
    April 10, 2012 5:38 pm

    There is no other way to describe what is written – it touches the heart with truth for me. Thanks!

  9. MenopauseCoach permalink
    April 10, 2012 5:40 pm

    This article touches my heart – no other way to say except beautiful as everyone has said.

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