The Story of Bold, Courageous Woman — the Miracle of Life
Two months ago, for the second time, I saw one of the most amazing sights of my entire life. Just like the first, the moment gripped me and moved me with the power of love and incredible magnitude of faith realized. If you’ve ever been so lucky to see a newborn baby enter the world, you know in that moment that life is truly beautiful. That your life is forever changed.
You also know that it is a woman who makes this powerful moment possible. And without her strength, courage, fortitude and love, we wouldn’t even be here. It’s those heroic qualities that are often overlooked and underappreciated. It isn’t until you realize, a woman could die during her pregnancy or delivering a child. Welcoming human life is the ultimate gift of love.
As a privileged witness to the birth of two children, I can tell you that watching a new life enter the world is the most remarkable miracle of human life. Surely, the focus is on the new life in that moment, and the days to come. It’s fascinating, mesmerizing and a beautiful sight to behold. And yet what is equally as special, is recognizing how bold and strong women are. Women truly are the stronger sex.
It’s not even close.
I thought during women’s history month as we look at some of the incredible pioneers of history like Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Doris Day, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, as well as tremendous success stories like Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg and J.K. Rowling, that it was worth paying homage to the ladies who make our human existence a reality.
Without my wife, mother, grandmother and countless professional mentors and friends, I’d be nothing today. I’ve learned what it means to treat people with kindness, compassion and empathy from my mother and her mother. My wife has taught me the true meaning of love, courage and honesty.
I wanted to share a deeply personal story to show the sacrifice that women make every day. Prior to the birth of our first son, my wife and I had tried several times to have a child. Fortunately, it worked out two different times that my wife was able to conceive and begin carrying. Unfortunately, both times, those future human lives ended in tragedy with miscarriage.
These were two of the most devastating moments of my life, and yet I could only imagine how sad and defeated my wife felt. She wondered if something was wrong with her. She initially doubted if it was ever to be — would we have children? Or would we run into the same, terrible fate again? We had a choice in that moment — believe and try again, or give up.
Of course, she never gives up. So there was really, only one option.
It took tremendous courage to try again for another child. Most people don’t realize how difficult and transformative the effect of conceiving and carrying a child is on a woman’s body. Even after only 10 weeks, a woman’s body has changed dramatically. Hormones are running wild. This is a truly magnificent and dynamic undertaking.
It’s something that most people don’t speak about. The grieving, suffering and need to build yourself back up emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. For something so amazing to be taken from you, and to have to reconstruct your dreams, ambitions and hopes, is as challenging a hurdle to overcome as any in life.
Far too often, women privately have to tackle this experience. Privately, women dig deep into their faith and inner-strength to persevere and come out better, stronger and more beautiful than ever before.
Her next pregnancy led to the birth of my first child. I learned in those nine months more about courage, devotion, commitment and strength than I had in all my previous years. We had our baby boy. And we had a treasure trove of life lessons in how incredible a woman’s sacrifice is.
While I was always taught to respect, admire and treat women with kindness and love, the experience changed the way I saw all women. For someone to even consider giving birth to a child is a huge thought to imagine. To go through with it is the willingness to consent to something truly bigger than you — bigger than your own life.
As we all lean in this month and learn about curious, bold, loving, courageous and fearless women that have changed the world, I invite you to also look all around you at the women in your life. Please, tell your mother, grandmother, sister or friends, Thank you. Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for being strong. And thank you for taking on the boldest of all challenges.
Say Thank You To the Women in Your Life.
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