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What happens at MWC Social Hour?

February 1, 2014 |

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What happens at a MWC Social Hour?
Love ~ Laughter ~ Life

1476514_10151913120948542_1988594798_nLast month in Orlando we had 21 ladies with 4 of these bravely showing up for the first time. They were welcomed and surrounded by MWC ladies who had walked across the threshold of my home at some point in the last 2 years (over 130 who I did not know before MWC). It was beautiful to see how they embraced in hugs and conversation so effortlessly.

They all speak a language involving ‘widow linguistics’. It’s only understood by others who speak this language. I wish I had a unique phonological name for this. It is a study of semiosis and validates the benefits of true mentoring (Semiosis: When two individuals meet, the ways in which they think, the specific identities they assume, the emotional responses they make, and the beliefs, motives, and purposes they have, will frame the situation as it develops dynamically and potentially test the legitimacy of the outcomes).

Something more is happening when we join together.
photo copy 4Sure we discussed:
- All the ways we’ve grown and learned
- How our husbands passed
- Struggles in the journey
- Adventures in dating again
- Adventures in never wanting to date again
- How blessed we each were to have been loved
- What’s next for us?
- Where’s my wine?
- I can’t believe I’m at a widow’s event
- Gosh, everyone gets me
- I’m not the only widow who feels isolated
- How we won’t be getting invited to all the couple parties
- Making new friends who speak our language with their voice, eyes and arms

photo copy 3So much happens when we join together. We’ve come so far individually and together and it happened because we each made the effort to connect online and in person.

In 2014, we hope to grow more chapters, when the right leaders step forward to create moments like last night. Every ship needs someone at the helm and we know there are widows who want to mentor and create these powerful moments in their towns.

Until then, take a little of what we experienced last night with you. Each person received a snowflake ornament to symbolize our own unique ‘one of a kind’ journey and a candle to light in honor of our late husbands to symbolize the promise that we will ‘Let our Light Shine’ with this one life.

May you find your own special blend of peace, joy and love in the world.
Carolyn Moor

 

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Carolyn Moor

Carolyn Moor is a mom, an award winning interior designer and the founding director of Modern Widows Club, a 501c3 nonprofit leading a movement to enable and empower widows to thrive in order to become extraordinary mentors, leaders, advocates and builders of local communities. She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronicle and seen on NPR, PBS, HuffPostLIVE, TLC, as well as, The Oprah Winfrey Show as a model of ordinary courage, compassion, visionary action and resilience. Join her and 200 widows Aug 4-6, 2017 in Orlando for the 1st Annual Widow Empowerment Weekend. As a one-on-one widow mentor, and interfaith minister, she is changing the face of widowhood. Reach her at carolyn@modernwidowsclub.com