This past week I received a card from a dear friend that reads this column. She did not know it, but her card came at a time it was needed. She is an amazing woman. She has influenced me more than she knows.
Recently I dealt with a person that dislikes strong women, and associated me with that group. I thank this person for the compliment and the reminder of my blessings. While we are entitled to our opinion, it did cause me to look at myself. What kind of woman am I? I don’t feel that I have earned that title. I am not the woman that I want to be yet. There is still work to do.
There have been a number of strong women that have had an influence on my life. My Daddy married one, as did my Grandfather, Gran was definitely a strong woman. My Granny was another strong woman. There were teachers that left their positive marks on me. I have had the privilege of working for some amazing and strong women and there were ladies from the community where I grew up, that fit into this category. I carry their influence with me. There are many others, and not enough space to list each precious one.
What could this group of seemingly different women have in common? They bend, but they don’t break. Meaning it was the “bent knee power” that made these women strong. I think that they would agree that was the source of their strength.
These strong women held jobs, cared for husbands, families, their parents, their homes and did work in their churches and community and also managed to influence others positively along the way. Each made a different contribution, and has influenced many with their actions. Knee power is crucial for the position.
There are wise men who realized the benefit of strong women. They made them their wives and the mother’s of their children; they realized the wisdom of carefully choosing these dynamic ladies as their mate. They wanted the best mate, good enough was not sufficient.
My friend’s words were kind and appreciated. The privilege of friendship however, has been mine. She taught me to be better, and is still teaching me. It is indeed a great blessing to know a strong woman. I am so thankful for each strong woman that left her imprint on my life.