[vc_row bg_color=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][ish_image image=”2105″ align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_color=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I will be on the panel at an upcoming Homestead event at Capon Crossing Farm in WV, which is scheduled in June, to speak about this title, Wild and Wonderful Woman’s Wisdom. It is quite the title, and I was not sure what my role would be at this event and what I should share. However, I thought about it deeper and here is what I came up with.

Wild might seem a negative term to some, but it doesn’t always seem that way for me. Wildness comes from a freedom of fear, courage, and stepping out in bravery every day as mothers, wives, and daughters. Wild because we are born to run, to dance, to explore. We take up our crosses, burdens, trials, and challenges daily. These challenges could come from illness, loss, abuse or financial struggles. We wildly walk through fires, put out flames, and inspire people around us. This is nothing special to me. We all have the pleasure of partaking in wildness of this nature through life’s lessons.

To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace. ― Brené Brown

This is wildness. Living is wild and wonderful because grace shows up and grounds us, stabilizes us, and offers reprieve. Grace shows up in the way of people, circumstances, and opportunities. The everyday happenings – good and bad – keep coming; the blessings, the graces, the growing-spaces, and the maturing opportunities. Just like the trials and challenges do. This is what makes us (not just me) wild and wonderful.

Wisdom is on-going. We have slivers of wisdom settling in our hearts because we walk with one another sharing our innermost beings with one another. We learn from the shared experiences. We explore our differences, practice mercy in situations that are trying and difficult to maneuver through, and sympathize in all the dark places life sends us. Wisdom is never ending, it is far reaching, and exceptionally accessible to all of us, if we open our hearts and minds to truth and humble ourselves.

Women’s wisdom is not new to us, all of us. It is circular throughout generations, it is innate in our being and we grab ahold of it unknowingly through our own life’s dance. It is shared with and without our permission. It is used for our good and for the good of our families and communities. We are grateful for a glimpse of it. We are mindful of it when we can manage to see clearly through life’s foggier days.

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. – Thomas Merton

May we continue to grow in our days and walk in our wonderful ability to embrace our “wild”. As we grow in wisdom from our own circumstances, we will go outward, covering and showering others in their wild lives.

The Facebook Event is here.

Thanks for reading,

Doran Richards[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]