“The connection between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”
It is common knowledge in most indigenous cultures that the fully realized woman is the unshakable foundation upon which civilization must be built. The grandmothers are the ultimate power brokers in tribal society because they alone know what it means to bring life into the world- the ultimate test of spiritual and physical fortitude.
In modern culture we must find our way back and honor these customs and traditions to survive and thrive in the new world. Women, we are becoming more spirited, more powerful, and more awakened. We are evolving, changing, transforming, and disrupting the models that have suppressed, oppressed, and depressed us from becoming all we can be. Feminine energy can be very much misunderstood. For years, women have been portrayed as being jealous of other women sabotaging one another. These ailing systems are beginning to reveal what we can accomplish when we work and play together.
The traditional face of a woman was conformity. We needed to seek approval, acceptance, and security. “I am who you say I am.” Some women grew up believing this was true. In some cultures, this is the norm. They still live in the shackles of their oppressors. When we educate and give young girls and women a sense of purpose, they then have an opportunity to find their voice and say, “I’m not who you say I am.” We begin to push back, gain some freedom and independence. Creativity emerges, truth, self-esteem and self-expression show its face. However, this is still insecurity. Although we are gaining confidence to find our voice and speak up, there is an energy of resentment and struggle. We can get caught in a vicious cycle of being right, competition to get ahead and burn ourselves out. We want to play in a man’s world being a woman. It does not work. We wind up burning out, trying to do it all. When we truly become empowered women, we access the energy to be who “I say I AM”. This is the Goddess energy. The divine feminine energy. This is when we can lift each other up. Madeline Albright always says, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help each other.” But the reverse is true and more uplifting: there is a special place in heaven for women who shine the light and share it with others. Image how bright the future could be when we shine the light for each other. It will be heaven on earth!
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Homes Jr.
Iv’e been travelling a lot in the past few months. Back in October, I went to Munich Germany for my moms 90th Birthday party. It was so much fun. She was born there but lives in New York now. I’ve been to Germany countless times, however, each and every time I go is a new experience.
Then in November I was visiting my daughter in Palm Springs, California.
Wow, we hiked Joshua Tree National Park and Andreas Canyon. It was incredible. I love to travel and have been since I was practically born. Lately I had an opportunity to take a few trips back to back and boy did I take advantage of it. In January I went to Johannesburg South Africa to visit a friend and then off to Cape Town. It was a long flight, but well worth it. Such beautiful vistas, beaches and nature. Getting to emerge into the culture is absolutely fabulous. Having conversations with people and finding out about who they are and their family stories and history is transforming.
Then a few weeks later, Cuba! I just couldn’t get enough! The culture, history, people, architecture, music, beaches, people, cigars and so much more. This was one of the most unique trips I ever took. Truly a place that is etched in my heart and soul forever.
Traveling allows you to broaden your view and perspective of life. It opens up opportunities, creates ideas and new friendships. This world is so beautiful. I am blessed and grateful to be able to expand my mind, commune with others so that I can share the experience with you. If you get the opportunity to travel, take it. We are all time travelers on this blue Earth, so venture out and see what might be awaiting you.
We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Steve Maraboli
I have made a ton of mistakes in my life. I continue to make them. Every time I fail or take a wrong turn, I do my best to see what I can do differently. How can I improve in some way?
I used to beat myself up over my mistakes, however I have learned that to move forward I need to forgive myself and do better today. Here is an acronym John C. Maxwell created to help him keep mistakes in perspective.
M-messages that give us feedback about life.
I-interruptions that should cause us to reflect and think.
S-signposts that direct us to the right path.
T-tests that push us to greater maturity.
A-awakenings that keep us in the game mentally.
K-keys that we can use to unlock the next door of opportunity.
E-explorations that let us journey where we’ve never been before.
S-statements about our development and progress.
So the next time you make a mistake, just know that you can climb out of the hole that you might think you are in. It is never to late to start again. Just keep moving forward and take a new path.
Life is either a great adventure or nothing. Helen Keller
When was the last time you allowed yourself to take an adventure? Nature never places it safe! You are here to experience the magnificence of everything life has to offer. Most people get trapped in the hum-drum routine of every day life. Me included!
I was having lunch with a girlfriend today and I was telling her of an opportunity I was invited to participate on. It meant getting out of my routine for a week to fly out to Albuquerque New Mexico, and drive to Sedona Arizona to film a movie. Wow! I feel this tug to go and yet my obligations here are holding me back. My friend said go! All that stuff will be here when you get back. She just got out of the hospital with a severe case of Kidney stones in which her body became septic. She made a great point to let me know that life is short and live it to its fullness.
So, I’m going to make it happen. I love the calling of adventure and when it knocks I answer!
Are you ready to step outside your comfort zone and allow a glorious adventure in?
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Initiative is the pass-key that opens the door to opportunity. In Napoleon Hills book The Law of Success,there is a chapter devoted to this quality that must be understood and applied, if you desire success in your life. To chose a definite chief aim or purpose is the first step. Then to have this purpose materialize, you must do something every day to get closer to your desired outcome. You must take initiative.
I recently published a book, entitled How May I Serve. I use a pen name “Karen Mathews”, because it is a memoir of my life so far. I have wanted to write this book for some time. I took initiative every day to complete my book, and now it is published and available for sale. The goal of my book is to empower women who struggle with limiting beliefs about themselves and what they can accomplish in life. With initiative, I would never have completed this goal.
So today, ask yourself, what can I do to Serve others? What do I have to offer? Than create a plan, and do something every day to get closer to it. You will then have taken initiative, which will make you a leader and give you self confidence to keep moving forward in a positive direction. How may you serve?