I met a fantastic group of women today at the Greensboro Women's Resource Center. The Center is where I used to work as a Job-Search Program Coordinator for displaced homemakers, and I was there today teaching a class on Networking for the program I used to run.
I wasn't overly enthusiastic about going. I've got a lot to do to get ready for my trip and really wanted to be at home in front of my computer. But I'm so grateful for having the opportunity to teach this wonderful group of women. I'd forgotten how inspiring it is to be around the women in this program. They make an 8-week commitment to attend class 2 days per week to work on all aspects of the job search so it's not an easy program to graduate from. But every woman there is determined and motivated to change her life and follow her dreams. Most of these women have so little (materially) but they have huge spirits and hearts and I walked away with an energy buzz just from spending 2 1/2 hours in the same room with them.
It was a wonderful reminder for me as I told them (and I believe this) that they can accomplish anything they want. That they are full of talents and passions and purpose. That if they reach out a little first, the Universe will reach back tenfold. I was saying to them the words I needed to hear myself. And the group was so receptive, taking notes and asking questions that showed they were paying attention. As they got excited about the networking process, I got excited right along with them.
Having the chance to speak to them today was the best thing I could have had on my schedule. It reminds me how lucky I am to be doing what I love with support from people I love. And how important it is to give back and help others climb obstacles and reach their goals, so the chain continues.