Happy New Year Everyone!
As I write this message, the Matriarch of my extended family is taking her last breaths. She is 96 years young and surrounded by her 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. Wow! And although she and I saw the roles and aspirations of women differently, I have always revered her for her wisdom, kindness and love. The moment is solemn and yet my spirit is resolute.
Resolute – because it is a reminder that life is finite, and how important it is to live our lives with intention.
Resolute – because it is a reminder of all the strong women of intention that have come before us and whose shoulders we ride upon, for they have paved our paths, empowered us, and made our journey possible.
Resolute – because it is a reminder that every moment is precious and that we should indulge in all that and all those who make us happy. “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, she would say, “and always follow your heart”. And while she did not use these same words, I interpret her message as to always live your life with intention.
Resolute – because if we live our own lives with “Intention,” we will all one day be the shoulders for those women of intention that follow us.
My wish for all of us is that 2023 be full of love and laughter, good times with those we love, and a gainful year for all Pathfinder members, with an emphasis on your own prescribed definition of “Intention”.
In closing, I leave you with this: “A Tribute to all the women whose shoulders we ride upon. The ones who lived boldly and the ones who lived quietly, but with intention”!
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2022-2023 Pathfinder President