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Wednesday Wisdom: Women Need Self-Love

May 15, 2019

Wednesday Wisdom, Inspiration, Success Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs, Women in Business, Women in Sports

I heard myself say, “Where do I begin?” Those words sparked a memory of a popular song when I was 6 years old. In a silky baritone voice Andy Williams sang, “Where do I begin to tell a story of how great a love can be? The sweet love story that is older than the sea. The simple truth about the love she brings to me. Where do I start?”

Those lines were the beginning of an instrumental theme in the 1970 film Love Story after the film’s distributor rejected the first set of lyrics. Andy Williams eventually recorded new lyrics. The first four words of the song stuck in my head as I tried to put pen to paper forcing myself to write a speech for a future event. Instead as usual, this tidbit of random thinking led me to today’s Wednesday Wisdom just like last week’s quote on my t-shirt inspired that editorial. It doesn’t take much to get my creative writing mind flowing.

Although the song’s lyrics are about a relationship between two people, it reflected a new truth in my life – a new self-love – adjusting to life without hair, refocusing on my business and members and getting back to myself after a year of loss, worry and coping with a medical condition. I knew it was essential to visit the best experts in the medical field to get the final diagnosis and answers to questions so I could move on. A week after that trip, I have new joy realizing I accept the medical condition and advice given as well as my decision to delay treatments, with both risks and rewards, until I am ready.

As my friend Teresa Huggins and I discuss all the time, our medical journeys have been “empowered medical journeys” because we refuse to settle for what society, reports and initial health care providers told us about our conditions and futures. We believe now we are healthy. It is a mindset; a joyful way of looking at black and white results and concluding there is more to do to change the world with our presence.

Could we be too positive for our own good? The two of us have had many conversations about this but in the end we choose to live zestful lives full of adventure, faith and positivity knowing we are called to do more for people we serve. We didn’t necessarily need a medical diagnosis to cement this in our minds but it has given us a more vibrant outlook worth sharing.

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is meant for you to ask yourself if you choose to live your life with joy and zest no matter the circumstances or if you choose pessimistic thoughts to rule your thoughts and actions. You have a choice. You choose how to live. You choose if you want to run in the rain or stay inside hoping for the grey to pass. You decide to take your business up a notch or stay the course. Rewards come if you risk or not; but risking makes the rewards sweeter.

Tracy RunningAt this moment in time, I might just be the most joyful, bald-headed woman you know because I believe strongly in a deeper love of myself than a year ago. Andy Williams said it well, “Where do I begin to tell a story of how great a love can be?” This great love can be self-love. My hope is for you to love yourself enough to be the best woman and woman entrepreneur you can be no matter the circumstances.

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