Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII) Committee Members share their inspiring words of wisdom, in celebration of Women’s Day.
A woman of strength
“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows that it’s in the journey, where she will become strong.”
A strong woman works hard, she chases what she believes in, and she does it all for herself, on her own time. I believe that is it important to appreciate your circumstances. If you have worked hard and you succeed, reach back to help others, and show appreciation to those around you. We are all on different paths and it is important not to compare yourself to anyone else and enjoy the journey. No two journeys are the same.
Us women, we’re warriors and survivors
An unknown author once wrote, “warriors don’t feel like heroes. While in the midst of a battle, they are just doing what needs to be done… to survive against overwhelming odds.”
And that’s exactly what makes us women, warriors and survivors. We are the ones that keep going.
I am a WOMAN! I am a WARRIOR!
Based on this, I would say don’t forget to take the time to celebrate all parts of being a woman… be it being a boss lady, a mum, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a grandmother, a career woman or a friend. Embrace the soft parts about yourself, challenge the hard parts and take your place on the throne
You are a queen!
A woman with a voice
Melinda Gates once said, “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”
I believe we are strong and more powerful than we know, we must just have perseverance and confidence in ourselves and, above all, take steps to love all parts of ourselves.
Wouldn’t you rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances you didn’t take at all?
In finding your voice, don’t be afraid to share your ideas and thoughts, regardless of what others think, and speak your heart and mind. Strong women know what they want and aren't afraid to chase it down.
A fearless woman
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony.
A fearless woman perseveres to step out of her own way to achieve her dreams. She lets go of self-doubt and judgment of others. She frees herself of unrealistic expectations. She leans in and embraces support in all of its shapes and forms. She also never forgets to lift as she rises, passing on the wisdom of her strength, fierceness and fire to woman who need them most.
Phoenix from the ashes
And just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. Returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before.” — Shannen Heartzs
The symbolism behind the mythical Phoenix has also brought me great strength and reminded me of the warrior that lives inside - not just in me - but in all of us. Whilst there will always be challenges in life, we need to remember that we have the power to overcome them. There is a fire deep within, and even when you feel you have nothing else to give, out of the embers you will rise again.
And it is important to feed this Phoenix for those days of battle, be kind to yourself, enjoy the moments with family and friends, live your life, laugh and enjoy the sun on your face, and remind yourself to fall in love with the little things in your life because in the end, it’s the little things that matter the most.
Seasons come and go
Challenging seasons come and go. In difficult times, be encouraged and hopeful that someday your season will change.
Reflect on the life of Oprah, if for any reason she had stopped imagining a beautiful life after suffering abuse, the world would not have known this powerful, inspiring and impactful woman she had become.
Look back and celebrate how far you have come, in all aspects of your life, and celebrate the butterfly that you are becoming. Happy Women’s Day!
Stay true to the little girl inside, nurture and love her, and this will carry you as mother, wife and a leader.
Accepting and loving who you are
I think being powerful begins with you accepting and loving who you are. We need to realise that no one is going to come into our lives and root for us the way we need – we need to be our own cheerleaders. We are too focused on what society’s version of successful and beautiful is that we often forget that we, as women, have the power to create beauty and love unconditionally.
We often take for granted how important diversity is. All differences, in every aspect of life - our race, religion, level of education and beauty – when grouped together, makes the world beautiful and colorful.
The key to being happy, inspired and resilient, is simply to have an embracing attitude.
Start owning who you are today, take baby steps and you’ll be amazed at who you are.
I am good enough
This is a quote that resonates with me…
“What I will say is that what I have learned for myself is that I don’t have to be anybody else, and that myself is good enough, and that when I am being true to that self, then I can avail myself to extraordinary things. You have to allow for the impossible to be possible.” Lupita Nyong'o
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself
I came across this quote and for me it says so much:
“A strong woman knows she has enough strength for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is the journey where she becomes strong”
My advice would be to not be afraid to challenge yourself and take things on that scare you a little, or a lot, because we only grow outside of our comfort zone. We don’t learn from taking the easy route - hard is what makes it great and sets you apart from everyone else. So, learn a new hobby, enter that marathon, accept the promotion, apply for your dream job, step out of your comfort zone and take the journey. And when you complete that journey, embark on another one until challenging yourself and the world we live in becomes a habit.