Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dignity


Do you ever feel like life is one big challenge?

I don't think we ever "arrive". I believe it is how we engage in the journey that truly matters. 

There are different challenges at each stage of our lives. Puberty, womanhood, marriage, work, family, and menopause are some of those challenges. 

Menopause is not necessarily something that must be conquered, but a season in our lives that must be endured, knowing that if we have any negative effects from it, they too will end. 

Even when menopause symptoms are gone, then women enter into another phase of their lives, with more challenges and obstacles to overcome, enjoy, and endure. 

It is who we are as a person through all experiences in our lives that truly matters. 

Can we look back and say we led our life with dignity, knowing that we did not handle every situation perfectly but with an attempt to not give into the lowest levels of emotions and character? 

I hope that as we all go through the numerous changes in our lives, that we can be proud of being a woman, a beautiful creation by God. 

We are not ashamed or embarrassed by our lives, but thankful to have lived.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Do We Act Like a Grizzly?



PMS. Emotions. Feelings. 

It seems like this time in a woman's life can be up and down emotionally. 

What bothers me is when I hear a man say, "Well, she is just emotional." 

Even if I responded to a situation maybe a little more intensely than usual, I don't like the problem to be blamed on my hormones. It is so important to remember that no matter what the cause of my emotions, they are real. It is easy for people to blame the negative situation on PMS instead of taking responsibility for their own actions and what may have caused the upset in the first place.

Do we bring smiles to people we are around like a sweet sleeping baby does?
Of course, we need to make sure we don't use our hormones as an excuse to act nasty. Menopause or our monthly cycle in not a time that we can just act however we please and blame it on our hormones. I usually go to bed a little earlier. My patience tends to wear thin and I may need a little more "down time". Do what works for you so that you can remain pleasant to those around you.