By Samantha McKenzie
Women who hope are all around us.
Our world is filled with beautiful, inspiring, and powerful women who embrace each day with renewed hope. They are next to us in the church pews, in the adjacent cubicle at work, in grocery lines and even in our living rooms.
We are everywhere.
We yearn on this world’s behalf and work tirelessly for a better tomorrow. Some hope through our steady silence and others scream it aloud.
We see them every day transforming their hope into action.
We open small businesses.
We protest on picket lines.
We swing the gavel in court rooms.
We protect our communities with badges and sit on PTA boards.
We work in factories.
We teach in classrooms.
We organize the missionary work.
We go back to college. Sometimes simultaneously.
We work overtime.
We plan programs to help the less fortunate.
We survive cancer and walk/run 5ks to raise awareness.
We raise our grandchildren. And we still give birth.
We stay up late, get up early, gain weight, lose weight, have sore feet, get wrinkled hands, talk a lot, suffer in silence, laugh shamelessly, cry often, but pray even more.
These terrific souls believe in the greatness within us all.
You can’t stop them. They are too powerful. They hold the entire twisted world together because they can. And will.
To all these hopeful women around the globe, we say thank you.