To the Women on the Mountaintop
On the mountaintop of gracious womanhood, women do not shine the light on their faces. They nourish their beauty of spirit more than they emphasize their beauty of countenance.
“I’m Every Woman. . . Anything . . . I'll do it naturally.” – Ashford
Even though the women on the mountaintop do not parade the details of their physical form, their protruding hips silhouetted against the heavens, remind their admirers that they are women; for women on the mountaintop (literal or metaphorical) maintain their natural appeal.
Ask the late Maya Angelou, "beloved poet, author, actress, civil rights activist and Wake Forest’s Reynolds Professor of American Studies.” On the mountaintop of her productive womanhood, she reminds us of her natural heritage in these lines from her poem Phenomenal Woman:
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. . .
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step. . .
Women do not stop being women on their way to the mountaintop. With respectful boundaries in place, their female characteristics— like nurture, intuition and sex appeal-- benefit them as they maneuver their way through situations and relationships. This has to be said for those who think that women on the mountaintop have access to a different or better kind of femininity.
So, here are three natural facts adopted by women on the mountaintop; and they are options for all women.
Characteristics of The Women on the Mountaintop
(1) They paint themselves into the picture.
(2) They visualize and pursue their mountaintop.
(3) They think perseverance, not perfection.
(1) The Picture
Thank God for YouTube, and the opportunity for women everywhere to see a picture whenever they long for a mountaintop view. Real is far better, but videos come in handy.
The grandeur and the majesty of the hills present a show of colorful, irregular beauty and a peaceful joy which is hardly experienced anywhere else. From the real or pictorial mountaintop, there is opportunity for all to enjoy:
- the clear blue of the sky and the fluffy white of the clouds;
- the rugged slopes decorated with different shades of greens and browns;
- the vastness of space and the imagination of one’s spirit floating around it as in a dream;
- the beautiful, close-up arrangement which a collection of uneven leaves can make.
Oh, for mothers and mentors to teach the young maidens to paint themselves into the picture, realizing that with a sense of purpose:
- the beauty of women is a natural fit for the beauty of the mountaintop;
- the view from the top expands their horizons;
- they need not live in fear of slipping and sliding toward the lowlands;
- the pull of healthy self-worth keeps them within reach of the mountaintop.
Women on Mountaintops
- Agnes Bojaxhiu known as Mother Teresa (1910-1997) - a mountaintop model of service
- Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001) – a mountaintop employer who pulled other women to self-sufficiency
- Anne Frank (1929-1945) – a mountaintop diarist
- Martha Stewart (1947 - ) - a mountaintop business owner majoring in domesticity
- Wendy Kopp (1967 - ) - a mountaintop educator, initiating Teach for America
- Mia Hamm (1972- ) - a mountaintop soccer player
(2) The Pursuit
The woman in the picture above is an inspiration for all aspiring women. Certain ideas like research, fitness, attitude, travel guide come to mind in serious consideration of how to get where she is.
Consider the following tips which are applicable to the climb in all areas of life--good health, finances, career, relationships (including marriage), parenting and more.
- Women on the mountaintop decide on the mountain they want to ascend, and make deliberate efforts to get there.
- They make the climb a top priority, and make sacrifices to keep it there.
- They do not run all the way; they pace their progressive steps.
- They adopt the attitude that the climb is an exciting adventure; not a task they prefer not to do.
- They do not travel alone; they select supportive companionship.
(3) Their Perseverance
Women on the mountaintop get there by patience and perseverance. They may have to rest, but they continue the climb to the finish. Their steps are progressive, though not always perfect.
Many other women abort the climb because the journey is too long, the road is not smooth, or they are afraid of insect bites. They major in comfort instead of courage, in fear instead of faith.
Therefore, the women who make it to the mountaintop deserve to be celebrated and imitated. In addition to endurance, they teach us confidence and dedication.
Show me the women who deserve commendation in their natural roles as mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives; and I will show you the women who have secured their place on the mountaintops that matter most.
© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers