Good morning, ladies. Today, I would like to discuss my mission for us all to be clothed in strength and dignity and introduce a true inspiration.
The words, “she is clothed in strength and dignity,” actually derive from Proverbs 31 in the Bible and have “fashioned” a daily goal for me during the last forty years.
It is in my desire for this blog to encourage you to be clothed in strength and dignity every day, one day at a time. Our outside armor is important for our confidence, but our inside armor is critical for our legacies and the times in which we live.
A WOMAN CLOTHED IN STRENGTH AND DIGNITY
Over the weekend, this story and image stopped me in my tracks as I spent moments studying a true woman of strength and dignity.
She is not royalty…or the CEO of a major company…or a government leader…but she is so much more.
She is a Ukrainian great-grandmother. Seventy-nine years old and training to fight to save her country.
Look at her closely. She is dressed in a lovely gold jacket…a striking green scarf…and is even wearing a touch of make-up with perfectly polished nails. She could be any one of us. She could be a woman I feature on this blog for her great style.
But instead, look above the blush of her cheeks, into her eyes. There you see a strength, courage, and determination like we rarely see. She has challenged me to my core.
Yes, her clothing speaks volumes, but her courage shouts above it.
How strong are we… really? Would I do the same if threatened with losing everything? I would like to believe that I would.
BLOOM WITH STRENGTH AND DIGNITY
During the times in which we live, women 50+ are needed. It is time for us to bloom like never before. We are not to be victims but leaders within our families and our communities. If in the same circumstances as the lovely Valentyna Konstantynovska, would we get up, dress in our finest and pick-up arms? I am certain there are Ukrainian women over 50 of strength and dignity who have helped to take their young grandchildren to safety and walked hundreds of miles with family to get them to a safe place. They may also be the keepers of the family stories to share with their grandchildren once this is past. Most of us may never face decisions this critical, but we all face changes around us to our culture and our countries.
Yet, I will continue to meet each day with hope and joy despite what goes on…I still look for silver linings. That is a part of my own legacy…and helps to shore up my strength.
We are not invisible…weak…or victims. But called to be women of strength and dignity…ready to serve in a variety of ways with courage and fortitude. How can we begin to develop and grow our own strength and dignity today? Look into her eyes and think about courage and strength. What does it mean to you right now…where you are? I am only asking that you ponder the question…you need not tell us the answer.
I hope her story will challenge all of us. Please keep Valentyna and the people of Ukraine in your prayers.
I will be back to discuss our outside armor again tomorrow.
And, despite it all, will continue to Keep Smiling!
By Pamela Lutrell