“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise wise council.” Proverbs 1:5
As of late I have had an overwhelming desire to surround myself with “wonder women”. Women who seem to have their life together. Family, faith, careers, passions.
I would like to see an environment of sharing, love and encouragement built. Where we could openly and honestly share what is happening in our lives, and the solutions that we have found that work. Not a “bitch” session where we complain, or gripe! But a power session!
Sounds great except, what if they see my life “naked”, they see my fear. What if instead of understanding and encouragement it turns to judgment and gossip.
But what if we could take our individual gifts and talents and build a village on these strengths, so that everyone gains and grows.
The thing about “wonder women” is they don’t advertise the fact that they are “wonder women”, it’s a hidden identity. Sometimes hidden from themselves.
Where does one find “wise council”, a woman with a desire for understanding, seeks?
Is this not what the churches/societies of old used to do? The elder ladies would take the younger ones under their wing and teach them not only how to run a household or raise children, but would also pass along their hard-earned wisdom. Nowadays, there is certainly a place for that because some things never change. However, it is harder to keep up with the changing technologies, etc., which leaves some of these older, more experienced women feeling ‘out of touch’ and inadequate. The fact is, as we get older we see the mistakes or the successes of the younger generation much more clearly. But to generations who turn to technology for advice, it can be more difficult to communicate.
I certainly remember when I was a child, tagging along with my grandmother to the women’s group. Sometimes it would be a regular meeting, with tea, and treats and fellowship. Then there was quilting bees. I even went with my grandma on a weekend retreat. People would stop in regularly to her home as well for fellowship, and neighbours helped each other.
Hard work and strong relationships! We need to recapture this or society will be ugly indeed.