I am so blessed to have close women friends. This morning I hosted the book club (9 women) and tonight my women's group is meeting here for dinner (9 women, no overlap). The house is clean, the table is set, food prep is done and I have about ten free minutes.
When I was going through a rough time after losing my job, my counselor gave me another way to think about myself. She said people are attracted to like people, so consider my friends - their intellect, humor, grace, kindness, integrity, joy in life - and then try to apply those attributes to myself and see if they stick.
Oh, the comfort,
the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person:
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then, with the breath of kindness,
blow the rest away.