CECI HANOVER / NYC
It is incredible how important our female role models are, especially our mothers. I experienced my mother as a kind and loving spirit. There was a lot of goodness in her which motivated her to bring joyful experiences to people. She would go into nursing homes and throw big parties! For her, it was all about connecting and spending time with people. One of her most important values was to be humane. I would watch her interact with strangers and loved ones and she was always kind and warm to everyone; a great friend. Her consistency in her way of being was very influential for me.
When I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I was excited but scared at the same time! I kept asking myself, “How am I going to teach her about the importance of discipline and how to build character if I am still in the process of building them in myself?!” One of my Jness friends helped me see how my unborn daughter was already helping me grow. Caring about her life and future is motivating me to become a better person, and aside from character and discipline, I aim to teach her my mom’s legacy through the way I relate with people.
The Jness curriculum, and especially the women in it, have been key in my life. Through my relationships and interactions with them I have strengthened my belief in friendships, our power as women of this world and the incredible things we can provide to our civilization. That is my gift to my daughter!