Empowering Ourselves and Others

Empowering ourselves and others is more than a catchy phrase. It’s our duty to ourselves. We have the power. If we have the confidence to accept ourselves as we are and to make our own decisions, we can change the world. We can give all people, regardless of race, religion or gender, the ability to embrace their power. March is Women’s History Month. Back in 1981, Congress requested and the President decreed the week of March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. That was the beginning. In 1981. Women have been making history since the beginning of time. Recognition of that fact didn’t come until 1981.   Unempowering people happens the world over for no good reason. All people deserve empowerment regardless of race, religion, culture, or gender. But for March, the Women’s History Month, we will focus on women.  Definition Part of the discussion about empowerment must include the definition. Websters assigns empowerment two related definitions: 1. the act or action of empowering someone or something: the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties 2. the state of being empowered to do something: the power, right, or authority to do something To clarify, here are some of […]

In this Month of Love-Love Life

Has life got you down? Do you slog through the week then your weekend gets swallowed in should-do, must-do, and honey-do? Have you lost that loving feeling? In this month of love put the love back into your life—no silly, not that love. You can get through almost anything if you love life.  “Ah, but how do you rekindle such a love?  How do you love life? Connect with it again.  No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living. – Winston Churchill Make your life worth living by reconnecting with what you love. Touch with love— Touch someone you love. Run your fingers through the hair or skin or lips of your loved one. Feel the messages that touch sends to your body Listen with Love— Hear the tone of your loved one’s voice or laugh. Notice how your favorite music affects your pulse, your muscles, your attitude. Listen to the wind or to chimes or to laughter. Do you feel the lift that listening with love gives you? Try a Taste— Taste something you’ve eaten all your life and let yourself reconnect to it with memories or images. Savor a bite of your […]

In This Month of Love–Love One Another

“Love one another” is a concept that has been around since Confucian times (551–479 BC) or earlier. It’s been stated and restated. Call it a Golden Rule You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself — Leviticus 19:18 The concept appears in nearly every religion.  What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn. — Shabbath folio:31a, Babylonian Talmud Call it Karma Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil. –Chinese Proverb You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you. –Wayne Dyer Call it ethics For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. A repercussion. – Brownell Landrum Author Kindness is loving people more than they deserve. –Joseph Joubert Writer Whatever you call it… Live It A lot of times, in our culture and our society, we put romantic love somehow on a higher plane than self-love and friendship love. You can’t do that. You have to honor and really fully invest in all these different loving relationships. —Delilah The fact is, society is made more hospitable by every individual who […]