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Since I started blog comments on “friendship-relationship“, I’m completing the week on the same note.

During my usual early a.m. ‘musing‘, I had loads of ideas for the next year as we grow both the Station and our F2F AWI neighborhood networks!  One of them involves coming up with a membership “pin” that each woman receives when her membership application is approved (new for ‘09).  Knowing the cost of our first annual “Woman of Excellence” medallion necklace, I quickly scrapped the idea of a custom-designed pin!!!  I continued to think through what might work, be cost-effective, yet say what we want to say about “who we are” as “affiliated women“.

I hit on the idea of a “circle pin“.  A simple plain circle in silver or gold finish (not the real thing of course).  To me, the simplicity says one thing & the circle says another, and here’s what it says to me . . . .

Simplicity is what makes friendships-relationships (F- R) something to be valued!  When F - R becomes complicated. . . it looses its value.  No one wants to complicate life further than it is by cluttering it with complicated F - Rs.  At least I don't!  Just give me "clean, honest, open, simple F - Rs.  If I have to always be on guard or wonder if I've said or done the wrong thing, then the F - R has become 'complicated' & that takes more from me than I may be willing to give.  While this is not my favorite saying. . . it fits here: KISS or "Keep it Simple, Sister!"

The “Circle” says it all as far as I’m concerned.  Have you noticed that when we sit at a “round table“, we can see everyone seated in one glance.  No one is out of our line of sight.  And there’s no head & no tail.  Everyone around the table is there as an equal.  And often the ‘leadership’ at a round table ebbs & flows - first one and then the next.  A “round table” is symbolic to me of a circle that brings everyone together on the same terms - equals together!  That’s why I always like AWI F2F venues to have round tables.  I only wish more restaurants would catch on to the value of the round table & replace their square ones (yes I know it has to do with space, etc.)

A “circle” also denotes a continuous ‘flow’ of F - R!  An unbroken chain of communication that maintains simple relationships in harmonious relationship.  There’s a song that has a line about “and the circle - is unbroken.”  It’s not easy to break a circle - especially when each one in the circle is interconnected with each other - holding hands to signify that interconnection. But not so tightly that we can’t let go long enough to welcome another into our ‘circle‘.

So as I continue to ‘muse’ this a.m. and write about my ‘musings‘, I’m more & more convinced that a “simple circle” pin is the right way to go as a symbol of “sisterhood” in our AWI F2F neighborhood networks.  And it might as well be a symbol for those of us who have entered the “circle of F - R here at the STATION!”

Now having said that brings up a whole ‘nuther post comment. . . but I think I’ll leave that until tomorrow.  So you don’t want to miss your daily visit to the STATION because it’s a weekend morning.

In closing, let our ‘motto’ be that the “circle is unbroken” - regardless of how we came to the ‘circle’  

in the first place.

Much love,
Linda, a fellow journeyer
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