menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

You’ve Got This! Shining in the Monday menopausebarbee Spotlight

It was one day last week.

I desperately needed to find a garment to wear under a certain blue jacket.

The few times I’d previously stopped by the atelier, they were closed. But that didn’t deter me because the owner of this intimate lingerie store has the MOST beautiful undergarments in the window! Always!

Last week I had luck. The lights were on. Store was open. I stepped inside. Demet Taha, the owner was alone and warmly greeted me.

During the course of my trying on different garments Taha asked me about myself; where I live, what I do and so on. I told her to take a look inside my purse which I’d left on a chair right by the draped curtain of the changing room. She found my book, Incompatible with Nature–a Mother’s Story and was wonderfully surprised. She asked of course what the book is about and I told her it’s a story about a mother’s love and faith and hope and courage and not giving up and not giving out. . .and a mother’s love.

She was quiet.

I pulled back the draped curtain. “What do you think about how this one fits?” I asked her. She was still staring at the book. Then she looked up at me, opened her arms and hugged me.

“Oh this is so beautiful!” she said and I thanked her and gave her more insight to the story. When I finished she just stood there staring at me and then, Demet Taha shared with me an old Turkish tale her grandmother told her:

When God created the earth, He also created worry.

He looked to the ocean and said: You are vast and deep and wide. Your currents are powerful. You are the connector of nations. Surely you are strong enough to carry the weight of worry.

The ocean declined.

Then God spoke to the mountains: You are tall and rugged. You are magnificent and will hold the blood of many battles. You tower and loom and soar into the sky. Surely you are strong enough to carry the weight of worry.

The mountains declined.

And that is why God gave worry to people.

I share this with you because I want you to know, that no matter what you are facing right now, at this moment, you are stronger than you think.

As I say in my book in the chapter entitled, Trials and Tribulations, Twists and Tricks:

…But I could not allow fear to coerce me into submission and leave me unable to function…Within the very reaches of my soul, I reasoned that my fear had to be tempered with strength. I had no idea what I would yet have to face and had to be open to all possibilities as the unimaginable had already happened. I could not succumb to the angst. It would surely destabilize me… So I challenged fear to stimulate me, motivate and pull out the fight in me. Dared it to reveal the difference between the chickenshit and the chicken soup in my spirit. The result being that in a strange way, fear quickened my strength…

So today, You’ve Got This! is shining in the the menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight.

Have faith, be hopeful and courageous! Don’t give up. Don’t give out. Hang in there! Get more inspiration from my book, Incompatible with Nature–a Mother’s Story available on Amazon now.

Here’s to life and a great start in the week!

And thank you Taha for sharing this tale with me.

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