We all have a wish to belong. We all have a need to 'fit in' and feel at home within ourselves and as part of a larger community. For much of my life, I have felt on the periphery - but not now. Meet my group of caring compassionate women. We are all members of The Transition Network, Philadelphia chapter. We all came together at the begnning of 2013 to engage in a program/curriculum called Bounceability: Resilience and Aging. From the first night we were open, caring, trusting and good listeners. We all had need to talk at times and the others listened and cared. Last night we finished the pilot program and made the decision that what we have together is too strong to just say, "So long!" We are planning on creating our own Bounceability 2.0 - WOO HOO. Who are we? All women over 50 in some sort of transition in our lives - each of us with our own issues - aging parents, health, death and dying, retirement, job shifts, family issues. We were a group focused on specific topics for each session - those most importantly related to resilience. Openmindedness, Curiosity, Creativity, Spirituality, Self Regulation...strengths determined by the VIA questionnaire.
The issue for me is the sense of belonging - being heard - and respected and a part of the whole. It doesn't matter what job we have/had, what our education is, where we live. What is important is our journey to self and the realization that, as one member said, inside we are all from the same source of light/energy!
It's all about being present, trusting the process and being open to the flow of life!