My last post was about being “A Strong Woman.” But this hasn’t been the best month for me, so I thought I would talk about the flip side of the coin – being a “Not-So-Strong Woman.”.
We have all had them. Days when nothing seemed to go right. Days that seemed to last foooooorrreveeeeeer with Nothing being accomplished. Days when the kids seemed to STAY on our last nerve, and then jump up and down on it. Days when we fought back tears all day for no apparent reason. I dare you to deny you had at least one of those days.
Sometimes there is a reason. Maybe we had a fight with our Significant Other. Maybe our child got in trouble at school. Maybe we had a car wreck. Maybe we burned supper. Sometimes there is a reason.
But sometimes there isn’t. For some reason, we just can’t be cheerful. We can’t laugh. Everything seems to be going wrong. We snap at our Significant Other. We lose our patience with our kids. We lose our temper at work. And we don’t know why.
Reason or no, we feel . . . Not-So-Strong. But we keep going. We may take a time-out for ourselves and try to get ourselves together, but we come back. We push on through even if there is no fight left in us. We are Not-So-Strong, but we keep on doing what has to be done.
We are Women. There is no other choice for us.
We are Women. We keep going. Like the Energizer Bunny, we keep going.
We are Women. We ignore our weakness. No, we find Strength in our weakness.
We are Women. We are Strong even when we are Not-So-Strong.
We Are Women.
But Men, when you see your woman feeling Not-So-Strong (and you may really have to pay attention to tell because we’re good at hiding those things), be there for us. Don’t try to “fix” us, for sometimes we can’t be “fixed,” we can only be mended with time. Instead, Help us. Hug us. Hold us. Appreciate us. Love us.
Sometimes, a helping hand that we aren’t expecting can do wonders. Sometimes, a quick hug can energize us. Sometimes, holding us for a few moments (and maybe let us shed a few silent tears) can mean the world to us. Sometimes, a simple “Thank You” can revive us. Sometimes, a heartfelt “I Love You” can work miracles.
We Are Women. . . . but we aren’t always quite so strong.