During my season as a single I discovered a strength within myself I never knew existed. Had I not had to reach deep within myself, this self drive, self determination and utter fight within to not just survive, but to thrive, may have laid dormant. In life we have so many wonderful opportunities to live life with others: family, spouses, and friends, and we lean on them before leaning on ourselves. These partners in life are a gift, and help us along the journey. They help us recognize and overcome our own weaknesses. And we need them. But there is an inner drive, an inner conflict, an inner victory which no exterior person can see, grasp or conquer.
During my season as a widow, I was alone. I was more alone than I had ever been in my life. I had to learn to make choices I've never had to make before. I recall the bewilderment I felt when having to select which shade of tan to paint my house. It was terrifying. I realized "I don't know how to make choice and be confident in it." In that process I learned to stick to my gut as a realtor pressured me to invest upwards of $5,000 in granite for my house to sell it. I knew I didn't have the money, and despite her persistence and forceful nature, I dug my own feet in, and stood strong.
I grew in my authority as a boss, not having anyone but my own head to consult in what should have been the simplest business decisions. It was a defining moment when an employee asked me if his camouflage tipped boots were appropriate for the uniform. I remember thinking, "I don't have a clue. Ask someone else." I wasn't a good decision maker, and I would waiver. I was used to being under a strong authority, without freedom to pursue my own decision making process. As the employee stood before me, I heard God speak to me from my heart "Make a decision. And stick with it." So I did. That moment changed me. It was not about what decision I made, but rather gaining confidence in it. It was a skill I had to develop to survive.
|At my first half marathon!|
In my season as a single, I made mistakes, lots of them. I had no one to blame but myself. I had to face the weaknesses within, because there was no "better half" making up for them. I had to learn to compensate for them myself. I had to gain self-control when I felt I had none. I had to be disciplined when I wanted to fall apart. I had to admit when I was wrong, confess my faults to others, and work that much harder to overcome them.
I found the true nature of the woman we call Jenn. It was a process, letting the woman on the inside, slowly move to the woman on the outside. I found myself a strong, confident, secure woman. A woman who was specific about what she wanted, who found freedom to worship, a desire to serve God, and a willingness to push herself beyond the limits. I have become a woman who is able to make decisions, even when those around me doubt. I can hold my head up high and say we are going to do this! And inside I believe it! I have dreams, goals, visions and plans for my life. And I know they will happen, because God has given them to me, and given me the gift of singleness to develop the drive and confidence to see them through. Besides, if I can successfully face singleness, glean from it, and walk away stronger, I can do anything!
The word single is often defined as alone, lonely, restricted and secluded. It can be those things if we allow it. But I challenge you to grasp hold of the true meaning of single! Let singleness express itself fully in you. Be exceptional, original, special, undivided, unique, unrivaled and without equal!
|Part of Speech:||adjective|
|Synonyms:||distinguished, especial, exceptional, exclusive,individual, indivisible, isolated, lone, loner, notgeneral, not public, odd, one, only, original,particular, peerless, personal, private, rare,restricted, secluded, separate, separated,simple, singled-out, singular, sole, solitary,special, specific, strange, unalloyed, unblended,uncommon, uncompounded, undivided, unique,unitary, unmixed, unrivaled, unshared, unusual,without equal|