As we sit on the eve of another International Women’s Day and remember all the women who have gone before us paving the way for equality in our community and country may we take time to see our own contribution. All too often we underestimate our own abilities, knowledge and works in the changing of the world around us. Not all of us are famous personalities who can use this to influence others or brave enough to face the injustices of the world head on or to protest in a march but in some small way we can still make a difference.
Neither is it ever too late to make changes and to help a cause. Use your voice by refusing to remain silent when you hear others speaking against women. Your silence comes across as a sign of support to their mindset. It is up to all of us to stop the negativity and act instead from love and kindness. Yes, we now have laws that are put there to protect everyone from sexual assault whether it is a word or action, against bullying and harassment so that we can all feel safe in the workplace, in public and especially in our own homes. What we put out comes back to us and to our community. Speak kind words, not controlling words. Live in peace not in fear of one another. Support one another and together we will become stronger and we can then give a voice to those who do not yet have one.
As part of our Embracing the Goddess ceremony we took time to give thanks and honour the women in our lives who had in some way inspired us but almost everyone found it hard and very emotional to acknowledge their own feminine uniqueness. I challenge you to take time now and especially tomorrow for International Women’s day and do the following:
1- Say this out loud:
a. “I am (your name ) and I stand here this day, to honour the sacred feminine that has touched my heart. I honour ( name those who have influenced you)
2- Now, say this out loud:
a. I am (your name) and I honour myself, for my strength, my creativity, my knowledge, my inspiration, and for all other remarkable things that make me who I am.
Don’t be afraid to tell your own story and to share your experiences. You never know who may be waiting for inspiration. The tiniest pebble dropped in a pond can cause an enormous ripple; be that pebble.