Last week, I had an interesting cab ride with a driver who spent the entire drive reminding me and my coworkers about the power we have as women.
Our male Ghanaian driver, Kofi, was a self-proclaimed how-to-treat-women guru. He told a few stories of men and how their poor choices led to certain consequences. He also talked about how strong and beautiful women are. What struck me most about our conversation, was the wisdom he shared on what specifically women could do with our power in relationships.
Here were a few of my takeaways from our conversation on how women can truly use their girl power.
The power to forgive
Many believe that women are quicker to forgive than men. There is power in forgiveness that benefits us as women. It allows us to get back to happy sooner and releases a burden we sometimes choose to carry. Tapping into that forgiveness power more often could also prevent a lot of unnecessary stress.
The power to leave an imprint
Whether it’s on a man or within an organization, women have the power to make a mark in this world. We are trailblazers who give whatever it is our everything. When we, women, commit to something, we often engage our motherly instinct to nurture and care for that something—even if it’s our relationship. That power, within our relationships, reminds men of the type of good woman they have at home.
The power to create a space of love and peace
We have the power of being a person others are excited to be around. We can choose to dwell in a home with nonstop drama, or we can be intentional about how we resolve conflict and make our homes a place of peace.
The power to empower our men
As women, our men rely on us so much. In many instances, we are providers of love, encouragement, faith and support. There’s nothing more inspiring than a strong woman who keeps her family together. Women can choose to build up our men with loving words as well as actions that further demonstrate our support.
The power to make our communities stronger
Our voices alone are powerful. In neighborhoods across this nation, many women stand as pillars of their community. When women unite there is nothing we can’t accomplish. With our fearlessness, we can stand up for rights and speak out on injustices and make change happen.
The power to spread love
Women love hard, and that love is healing to those who receive it. From our men to our children, the love we give makes others feel like they, too, can take on the world.
The power of choice
How we use all that power is actually a choice. A few women forget they have it altogether. Others misuse their womanly power and hurt those they love. While some own it and know exactly how to use their power for good.
As women, we are more powerful than we know. Again, it’s time we tap into that power more often and enjoy the benefits that come along with being strong, beautiful and powerful women.
BMWK, women how are you using your power? Men, what have you noticed about your wife’s power?