I belong to a ladies’ group that gets together once a month for dinner and to share what is going on in our lives. I know it sounds like the scenario from a “chick flick.” And honestly, I don’t even like those types of movies and have seen very few of them. In real life, however, this group has been very important in my growth.
The regular women in this group range in age from their thirties to late seventies. My daughter occasionally attends and she is only in her early twenties. These women are from all walks of life, occupations, and religious backgrounds. The thing we have in common is that we have a desire to work on ourselves.
The group has been getting together for about fifteen years. I have personally been a part of the group for about eight years. In those eight years, I have seen women get married, divorced, have babies, get new jobs, quit jobs, start their own businesses, and sadly pass from this life.
Since I have been in the group, I have been divorced, remarried, taken college courses, had kids drop out of school and kids graduate (some almost… see yesterday’s post). I have changed congregations, changed jobs, started several businesses, began singing in public, lost and gained weight, survived a traumatic injury, and began blogging.
I say all of this to say that the ladies in this group have shared their lives with each other in a deep and meaningful way. We have dinner at a restaurant or at one of the members’ homes. When we are finished we each take a turn sharing what is going on with us. It is interesting how we can be so different and yet have so much to share. Ultimately, we find that we are not so different after all.
So as I wind this up, I am going to go finish getting ready to go have dinner at a Japanese steakhouse (only veggies for me, since I am still on the Daniel Fast), and share with the ladies who know most everything about me and love me anyway. We will laugh together, console each other, and simply enjoy each other’s company. What a great way to end the week!