Today’s blog is going to be a little bit different than usual but it is based on the emphasis of my website, The Simple Heart of Life, and how life is meant to be celebrated and appreciated. I have been thinking a lot lately about personal fulfillment. As I am a very sentimental person, I have amassed a fairly large collection of inspirational poems, stories and sayings over the years. This first poem was written by Barbara J. Burrow. It reminds me of what is really important in my own life and I hope in yours. I collected it many years ago.

That Woman Is a Success

That woman is a success

who loves life and lives it to the fullest.

Who has discovered and shared

the strengths and talents

that are uniquely her own.

Who puts her best into each task

and leaves each situation better than she found it.

Who seeks and finds that which is beautiful

in all people…and all things.

Whose heart is full of love

and warm with compassion.

Who has found joy in living

and peace within herself.


This second narration circulated around the internet 14 or so years ago. The message it conveys is true yet so often misunderstood in today’s society. The author is unknown.

Why Women Cry

“Why are you crying?”, a young boy asked his Mom

“Because…I’m a woman”, she told him.

‘I don’t understand”, he said.

His Mom just hugged him and said, “And you never will, but that’s okay.”

Later, the little boy asked his father, “Why does Mom seem to cry for no reason?”

“All women cry for no reason”, was all his Dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry. Finally he put in a call to God and when God got back to him, he asked “God, why do women cry so easily?”

God answered…

“When I made woman, I decided she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet made her arms gentle enough to give comfort…

I gave her the inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times will come even from her own children. I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going and take care of her family and friends, even when everyone else gives up; through sickness and fatigue, without complaining…

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her badly…

She has the very special power to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and to quell a teenager’s anxieties and fears…

I gave her strength to care for her husband, despite faults and I fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart…

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly…

For all of this hard work, I also gave her a tear to shed. It is hers to use whenever needed and it is her only weakness…

When you see her cry, tell her how much you love her, and all she does for everyone. And even though she may still cry, you will have made her heart feel good.

She is special!”

Please take a moment to appreciate those special women in your life today for all they currently do or have done!


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