Magnolia Landing was founded on three core values: Perseverance, Grace and Dignity. These values provide women the ability to embrace and trust their inner strength; experience and share grace, and find the beauty in standing with dignity, as they rediscover their worth.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
We define perseverance as a continuance in a state of grace, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
“I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.”
Of the three founding core values, grace was specifically chosen to be in the center. Without grace we are unable to see our strength as we persevere. It is not until we allow ourselves grace, live in it and gracefully help and lift others that we embrace dignity. A life of grace is filled with gratitude and unconditional love toward others and ourselves. Grace is at the heart of connection, where we find healing.
Dignity is a belief in oneself, that one is worthy of the best. It means that what I have to say is important, and I will say it when it’s important for me to say it. Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive. And that I have the responsibility to give the best treatment I can to other people.”
Dignity is where our authentic self stands in truth. We honor ourselves to be treated and to treat others with value. We have come to know our inherent worth.
Magnolias represent the experience we want women to have. Did you know that “There are fossils dating back 20 million years that show that the magnolia has been gracing Earth since the very beginning of time, so to say?” The magnolia is also unlike other delicate flowers. It is strong and tough as it has had to adapt to changing climactic and geological conditions in order to survive, and it is precisely due to this feature that the flower represents Perseverance. It has also been a symbol of Dignity as one keeps the faith during difficult times and is well known for its beauty and Grace.
This flower represents so much of what we not only want the women of Magnolia Landing to experience, but to live and come to know and understand those qualities in themselves.