I was recently in Philadelphia waiting for my daughter-in-law and her mom as we planned to meet for lunch. I always appreciate a little time alone while traveling so I can browse in shops that I do not have access to in Florida. And so it was on this day while I awaited Lisa and Janet’s arrival, that I found myself in a little store called Francesca’s. As I walked in, two sales women approached me, each with a garment in their hands, each saying how good these would look on me. I saw it for what it was, “double teaming”, hoping for a quick end of month sale. I had little interest in what they were dangling in front of me, as my mind was on something behind them, on the back wall.
I have written before about signs that have caught my eye, and usually it is the bright bold letters that initially grab me. But this sign was not bold like the others. Quite the contrary, the background was a soft pink color, and the letters were a very light beige color. I almost had to strain to read the message. I took a few steps forward and read,
“She thought she could and so she did.”
The two sales women were still pushing their wares, but I hardly heard them because after seeing the sign I immediately thought of my granddaughters, all 8 of them. “She thought she could and so she did” —that is what I want the world to say about each of my granddaughters one day.
The sign speaks of confident, high SUCCESSTROGEN women who allow themselves to imagine and think outside the usual boundaries, and assure themselves that they can do most anything. Women of all ages who think they can, can, and they will. As women we are positioned to change the world better than at any other time in history. Finally we can impact any industry, even those where our presence and leadership is presently lacking. Women will end the gender inequality that permeates our corporate world by increasing the bottom line, developing employees at all levels of an organization, and by creating innovative products and services. The sign in Francesca’s speaks of women who will improve the patient experience for those with health issues, figure out what to do for the homeless to get them off the streets, and improve the medical care of our veterans. What confident women can do is beyond any imaginable existing boundaries.
“She thought she could and so she did”–yes that is exactly what I want others to say about my granddaughters, my friends, and readers.
And so on a lighter yet not unimportant note: Fifteen years ago, I set out to find someone to spend the rest of my life with. I thought I could find someone who would truly “get me”, delight in my shenanigans, and touch me to the depths of my soul. He would value independence, both his and mine, and together we would be so much more than either one of us alone. I thought I could and I did.
So if you think you can, I know you will.