Monday, April 22, 2013

Women at the Washing Well

As mothers, we women need each other, often more than we did as singles.

Because motherhood can be a lonely job. It’s home-centered, and at some stages that means practically duct-taped to the walls. But realizing our need to be with, learn from, and extend ourselves to other women, we can create synergistic connections. We can feel uplifted, energized, and ready to boldly go where no mother has gone before.

“[They] shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Friendship is the leaven that makes the loaf of motherhood rise again and again. It gives encouragement and validation where we find only fatigue. It motivates and inspires where we see only the daily grind of repeat routines. It is the sparkle and zest that provides energy and renewed determination where we felt we couldn’t go on.

Consider the love and service from close friends that we’ve received. Rejoice in the goodness of good women, and all they teach and bring. Celebrate that we are those women, and how many—how very many—we have lifted along the way.

To deepen our friendships we can open ourselves to the opportunity of connection, if only for a few moments.

Keep in touch with other women daily if possible—stop at the mailbox and say hello. Pause in the grocery store aisle and ask how someone’s doing. Take a moment here and there and you’ll be surprised at how full your bucket inadvertently becomes.

Author Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5,” and regular blogger for KSL "Motherhood Matters." She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program of Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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