Every Tuesday morning I meet with a group of women and we talk about marriage and friendship and community. And we also talk about faith and doubt and the condition of our spirits. We make space for all the leanings of our lives. They are my ardenthearted and I am forever grateful to be walking with them. ~ Alisha Sommer
This week, the wondrous Alisha Sommer wrote the piece above about a group of her friends. It struck a deep chord in my heart and I knew it was something I needed to think about some more. We are committing to this place and we are about to begin building our dream. My physical world is about to get far more man-full in the next 6-12 months.
And I am finally ready to fill it with just as many, or more, women. Women who I can meet face-to-face. I am officially calling in my own ardenthearted group of women.
I am a big believer in behaving like it has already happened, so here is my invitation, my love letter, and my invocation. Universe, I ask for this, or something better!
Thank you! Thank you for being my friend.
Thank you for holding my heart with tenderness and fierceness and respect and love.
Thank you for not giving a shit if my – or your – house is clean.
Thank you for being there when it matters – and knowing when that is.
Thank you for talking with me about spirituality and faith and doubt and creativity and inspiration.
Thank you for meeting up to talk about absolutely nothing important – just because we like to hang out.
Thank you for occasionally talking with me about moving to an all-female commune, and equally not being threatened or annoyed when I want to talk about how much I love my husband.
Thank you for absolutely and always having my back.
Thank you for shared coffee or tea or green juice or smoothies or wine or margaritas or whatever it is we need most at the time.
Thank you for honesty and sass and spirit and tears and hand-holding and ass-kicking and silliness and shrewdness and kindness and fun.
Thank you for having a full life of your own and understanding that if sometimes we don’t talk for days, it is nothing personal.
Thank you for knowing that this doesn’t mean I don’t love you.
Thank you for understanding if I never cook for you. Truly. I’m terrible at it.
Thank you for being a part of a rich, supportive, growing circle of friends; of a community of amazing men and women. We are so lucky to be here, now!
Thank you for inspiring me with your heart and your contribution.
Thank you for making me laugh so hard and so much.
Thank you for knowing me. Seeing me. Getting me.
Mostly, thank you for finding me.
I love you!