We all have a personal narrative that continues to evolve. Listening to other stories helps us learn more about ourselves and each other. One of the fascinating results of creating our blog has been discovering that women from all over the world are reading it. They come from Thailand, UK, India, Ukraine, Taiwan, Egypt, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Croatia, Lebanon, Finland, Pakistan, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, Brazil, Philippines, Ecuador, Tanzania, Portugal, Kenya, Venezuela, New Zealand, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Lithuania, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Romania, Norway, to name some. The Internet and world wide use of computers has enabled us to connect in ways never imagined even ten years ago.
What is the commonality that attracts women from all over the world?
It’s apparent that no matter where we live, we’re interested in relationships, self reflection, resolving family problems. And we’re curious about thoughts and ideas that can enhance our well-being. We have common needs and interests and are looking for information and connection. And this is a safe place to find your voice.
We can support and learn from each other – how to take good care of our families, communicate better, become more resilient. We’ve all had to learn how to be flexible in order to meet our own needs as we carry out all our other family and work responsibilities.
The concept of women from different ends of the earth learning from each other is exciting. The threads that connect us all from various countries and cultures have been apparent when traveling in developing countries.
Hospitality is a part of Moroccan culture and we experienced that when we spent an evening with our guide and his family. Traditionally women are in charge of the home and although our guide’s wife Fouzia has a Ph.D. in languages, her job was raising their daughters. Despite the language barrier, women speak a universal body language. And underneath her traditional clothes, Fouzia was very much like you and I – working hard, concerned about her children and parents, loving her family.
The universal truths shared by women everywhere can help us feel connected.
Here’s an example, and in full disclosure, this post was written in collaboration with my sister from Canada who is visiting me in California. We both marvel at the thought of one woman in Dayton, Ohio and another in Marrakesh, Morocco reading the same blog about kids growing up or parents growing older and hopefully finding it helpful.