In the Colman Family, May is an unusually hectic month of the year. There are several birthdays, an anniversary, school endings, and… of course, Mother’s Day. It was common to wish for 60 days in May just to handle the “extras” – almost doubling the 31 days our calendar provides. That wish has never been granted and we’ve learned over the years how to navigate skillfully and rapidly through the days until June.
- Something happens.
- That experience reveals ideas.
- Ideas steep in wonder until they become inspiration.
- Inspiration turns into focus and right action follows
The recent passing of Bea Colman, Rich’s mother, is a powerful experience in our life. From one view it is a universal truth, we all will physically die. From another view, this is very personal. Let’s hold both views and take focus.
Inspired by women and Bea’s legacy, we now write to inspire others. Bea was fiercely independent, graciously humble, and keenly dedicated. Some could call her an unsung heroine for the positive impact she made in the field of education, leading organizations, and offering genuine care for her neighbors and friends. The week of her funeral Barbara Switzer ran the Boston Marathon at the age of 70 for the second time. Her first Boston marathon at the age of 20 (fifty years ago) created a stir among the officials. She broke the all-male barrier to the event becoming the first female to enter the Boston Marathon. I mentioned her notoriety in Bea’s eulogy noting that Bea’s accomplishments would never hit the media headlines. Most of us will miss out on the headlines, and a lot of other public accolades. But this month, this writing, this intention can be an active appreciation for the females in our life. Not all women bear children to embody the role of mother. But all women mother in some way – they mother life, they mother experiences, they mother humanity, and more. Here are some courageous women to spur your appreciation…
Muriel “Mickie” Siebert – Known as the “First Woman of Finance”, became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). From her struggle to obtain her NYSE seat and throughout her career, Mickie was always a big supporter of women in finance and industry. As an advocate of women’s rights, she developed the program ‘Financial Literacy for Women’ with the non-profit group New York Women’s Agenda in 1998.
Amelia Earhart – “Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”
Take a moment to digest these remarkable women and their contribution to this world. Receive our appreciation invitation. Then take another moment to identify one or two women who embody the kinds of attributes these women demonstrated above. Now commit to connecting and appreciating them this month of May, a kind action of gratitude for her positive impact in the world.