So we're strong. We do what must be done. In some ways -- emotional ways, mental ways -- we can be as strong as men, stronger than some, because we must be. Our loads force us to be. We wake up in the morning; we do this here, and we go there, we take care of this, and we handle that, and finally we will go to sleep and dream of things yet to be done. Like the old adage, "A woman's work is never done." And it is true. Whether you or young or not so young, a working woman or housewife, working mother or stay-at-home-mommy, whether your children are infants, toddlers, school-aged, teenagers, or grown and gone, the chores are endless.
The chores are endless.......and so is the worry about what has to be done, the stress of deciding how those chores will get done, the feelings of inadequacy when they don't get done. A vicious cycle we women suffer every day. Most days, however, we're fine. This is our life and we are content with it; Happy even. But occasionally......
To me, and to most women I believe, if someone takes to time to actually "see" us, and realize we're NOT okay, the support for that moment is overwhelming.....and it can give us the strength to go on, to continue doing what must be done. It repletes what we have exhausted, the one resource we need above almost all others.
So the next time you see a woman working seemingly tirelessly, non-stop, whether she is getting a lot accomplished or appearing to go nowhere, stop and LOOK at her, "see" her, and if she needs a hug, give her one. Sometimes a hug can do wonders. An acknowledgement of how much she has accomplished can lift flagging spirits. Words of appreciation and thanks spoken from the heart of a loved one can bring joy. All three can work miracles.
Know that your women (daughter, wife, mother, friend) is STRONG. She deals with things every day that you know nothing about. She probably has scars she doesn't want to burden you with when they hurt her. Believe in her. Support her. And when she feels weak, hold her. Love her. Let her be weak for a moment. Tell her that it's Okay to let go.You will see a stronger woman emerge from your embrace. And a greater bond will have developed between the two of you for sharing that moment.