Thanksgiving for me is always a time of reflection. It is a day of appreciation and understanding that nothing is owed to us. That each day is a gift and that each moment in our lives is a blessing. As a woman, I am thankful for the many opportunities I can partake in. That I can freely wear, say, do, and be whatever I want. There are no boundaries except the ones I place for myself. Individuality is welcome by all. As a mother, I am thankful for the life and love of my mini me whom I get to kiss and hold everyday. Being woken up every morning to bright eyes and a beaming smile shouting at me "I want milk!" These little moments I find to be so meaningful and yet so many women are denied them.
Recently I received a handmade basket courtesy of Macy's Rwanda Path to Peace project via the Everywhere Society. The Rwanda Path to Peace project evolves around creating a source of sustainable living for Rwandan women. Many of the women have lost their friends and families to genocide and ethnic cleansing, resulting in emotional wounds and hopelessness in a country that at times considers women to be second-rate.
To help cope with their loss of loved ones, these women turned to their deep rooted tradition of basket weaving, creating unique works of art to build up their communities. Through the establishment of Macy's Path to Peace Project, these baskets have become a positive source of income, impacting many lives. Each basket sold has helped to restore the hopes, dreams, and pride of these great women as well as touched others around the world who have purchased them. It continues to be a healing journey for the communities, but through focus on trade and not aid, the Rwanda Path to Peace project is placing the power of opportunity into the hands of the women of Rwanda.
As a mother, a woman, a sister, a daughter it saddens me to hear stories of the lost of loved ones. Of course I am thankful for the things that I have like my ever growing wardrobe and shoe collection, but there is more in this world to be thankful for than the oh so sparkly. For me this basket represents more than just a pretty artwork on my wall. It symbolizes that each thread and weave as the binding force of a family and the importance of tradition in our lives.
I am thankful for my family, friends, and of course my readers. I am also thankful for the reminder to appreciate the precious things in life that are not easily replaced. In being stylish it is important to step outside ourselves to see the bigger picture. This basket has done that for me.
Disclosure: I received a basket from Everywhere Network to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received no other compensation for this post.
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