“gratitude turns what we have into enough” anonymous
This week my colleague and I had the privilege of going on a residential with 8 of our young women. This blog is to honour the girls and the lessons we learnt from each other.
The sheer expression on their faces when we reached our hotel was an indication of how grateful they were, the follow on vocal expression confirmed this but also indicated to us they didn’t feel girls from their background should have this opportunity. As I reflected on this I imagined a better world where enjoying a little bit of the finer things will not be dependant on the social economic class of a person and that if one is willing to work hard at the stage they are on their journey they could break free from societal stigma.
The gratitude continued when they saw their rooms and the facilities they could enjoy as part of their stay, as they jumped with joy from room to room and put on their “posh” accents the gleam in their eyes was a sight to behold.
We had gone away with the goal of exposing them to a different kind of life which is normal to certain people but should be available to us all if we can only stretch our imagination. The idea was for these girls to raise their aspiration and start to work on believing in their capabilities, to appreciate their own kind of beauty and try break away from some of the negative labels placed on them.
The 2 nights we stayed there was adventurous to say the least, so many deep revelations from some of them, we saw so much creativity and of course pure fast rhythm that can only be found with the young.
The constant in everything we took part in was the volume of gratefulness that surrounded us. This overflowed into the girls writing cards of kindness for each other and for us. With tears flowing down pretty faces and make up streaming down their tearful eyes, we hugged each other and concluded that we are stronger together.
Our 3 days 2 nights residential has ended but these girls have formed a bond that will hopefully continue, the generosity of individuals created this opportunity for these girls to also be generous with their hearts and words.
I am always grateful and very privileged to be part of their stories and share these intimate moments with them, I was touched by their generosity and their kindness to each other even when it wasn’t always the easiest choice.
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