I was in a zoom meeting last night with a group of friends. We are all part of a women’s networking group. When the group was formed it was intended to be a supportive group where we know each other’s businesses, support them, recommend them, and simply connect.
Last night it became crystal clear to me that our group has become more than that. We are sisters. We support each other. Last night I was near tears. This whole health situation has been tearing at my soul. It has uplifted me and saddened me at the same time. I see so many examples of people coming together and helping each other. Last night these lovely sisters lifted me up when I was feeling so very raw and torn. Really isn’t that one of the purposes for life? They were incredibly affirming. It took me by surprise. I don’t mean I expected them to be mean. What took me by surprise was realizing how raw I was feeling. One of the women compared the emotional impact of all of this with the emotional impact of 9/11. When she said that, I realized that many of the emotions I have been feeling for weeks are very similar to how I felt back then. Part of me was so paralyzed by it all. Part of me was heartened. Back then and now I knew so very many people who were personally impacted by the happenings.
I am a person who really tries to stay cognizant of what impact I might have on others. I never want to offend anyone. I never want to make someone feel minimized or trivialized. As a result, I have rarely mentioned my business lately. The business is Ruby Ribbon products, and my fb site is Ditch Your Bra With Kate. The products wirelessly uplift and support women. but you see, it seemed so insensitive to even mention these products right now. People are ill, people have lost jobs, schools are closed. But one of my friends reminded me that we are all trying to be supportive of businesses so they don’t fold. Furthermore, shouldn’t people get to decide what they want? Oh it gave me pause. You see, it would literally break my heart to be thought of as insensitive or money grubbing. This isolation has shown me even more that people matter. The kindness shown to me by these lovely, lovely friends lifted me when I was feeling lower and more frightened than I realized I had been feeling.
So yes, I hunger to be with people, even if all I can have for now is a zoom meeting. Anyway, please remember to reach out. It is hard to do that for me. But at least try. I am sending you love today. Take good care of yourself. Be gentle.