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A Note from the Editor<br />

Advertisers Index<br />

Introducing This Issue<br />

new feature<br />

<strong>Inspiring</strong> You<br />

More About This Issue<br />

That’s Inspired!<br />

<strong>Inspiring</strong> <strong>Women</strong> Magazine New Feature: Through My Lens<br />

We are looking for your photos of friends, family or yourself that you think embody<br />

the next issue's theme of "Goodbyes and New Beginnings".<br />

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Photos should be in color and a minimum of 300 dpi. Send your photo<br />

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next issue is ...<br />

April 6, <strong>2023</strong><br />

“A mature person is one who<br />

does not think only in absolutes, who<br />

is able to be objective even when<br />

deeply stirred emotionally, who has<br />

learned that there is both good and<br />

bad in all people and in all things, and<br />

who walks humbly and deals charitably<br />

with the circumstances of life,<br />

knowing that in this world no one is<br />

all knowing and therefore all of us<br />

need both love and charity.”<br />

– Eleanor Roosevelt<br />

As we have been preparing this issue for<br />

publication, I have been thinking about maturity<br />

and ageing and how that changes over our lives.<br />

In other words, the Evolution to Maturity.<br />

As Eleanor Roosevelt says, mature people<br />

appreciate that life doesn’t happen in a straight<br />

line. Life, I've realized, is a funny mixture of<br />

experiences, one’s inherent nature and the<br />

passage of time, all mixed up in a big pot.<br />

My little grandson, Tristan, is now 16 months<br />

old. Today he doesn’t care one bit how old<br />

he is, nor if he is behaving maturely. He cares<br />

about having fun, about learning new skills,<br />

about eating and drinking well and about the<br />

important people in his life (especially his<br />

Mummy of course!), which is a pretty good<br />

place to be. He isn’t especially noticing, or<br />

even caring about, the passage of time.<br />

But it won’t be long<br />

before he gets to the<br />

stage where becoming<br />

one year older will be<br />

super exciting. Where<br />

starting school (and<br />

eventually work) and<br />

getting more independence<br />

as he ages will be<br />

important to him. He’ll<br />

be longing to speed up<br />

the passage of time.<br />

Then, like most of us,<br />

he’ll get to a stage where<br />

he doesn’t really like<br />

seeing the passage<br />

of time. Where<br />

celebrating another<br />

year is not necessarily<br />

something to be looked<br />

a note from<br />

the editor<br />

forward to. Where he/we would rather ignore<br />

the wrinkles and grey hairs that have developed.<br />

Like the rest of us, he’ll be trying hard to ignore<br />

the passage of time in these years.<br />

Finally, as we age it is my impression that many<br />

people get to the stage where they want the<br />

passage of time to slow down. They want more<br />

time to do the things they were always meaning<br />

to do. They have an appreciation, learned from<br />

their years on this earth, of how quickly things<br />

change and can be taken away. At this stage one<br />

is trying to slow the passage of time down as<br />

much as possible.<br />

The women featured in this issue are “more<br />

mature” and have been through these various<br />

different stages already. They have come to<br />

embrace their maturity and learned to deal with<br />

the ups and downs of lives well lived. There is<br />

much for us to learn in their stories.<br />

If you are looking for other ways of developing<br />

maturity then I think that this quote from Ann<br />

Landers sums it up very well: “Maturity is the<br />

art of living in peace with that which cannot<br />

be changed, the courage to change that which<br />

should be changed, no matter what it takes, and<br />

the wisdom to know the difference.”<br />

So how are you going to (or<br />

how do you already) embrace<br />

maturity? What is it you’d be<br />

better off letting go of? What is it<br />

that you need or want to change?<br />

How are you going to evolve from<br />

now?<br />

I hope the stories and features<br />

in this issue give you some<br />

interesting ideas.<br />

Best wishes!<br />

Liz<br />

<strong>Inspiring</strong>women.editor@fawco.org<br />

Liz and grandson Tristan.<br />

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