Empower Yourself

Sometimes mentors fall into your life. You didn’t know you needed one, but a mentor arrived at the right time. However, sometimes you must empower yourself. Take control. Search out the mentors you need. We all need mentors from time to time. Often we need different mentors for different phases of our growth. While it’s easier today to find women’s voices and women mentors, it’s not always easy to empower yourself. Unlearn First The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with the popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up. — Gloria Steinem, American activist Unlearning isn’t easy. Often, without even knowing it, we cling to ideas, beliefs, and misbeliefs. Those closely held thoughts often are the result of events you could not control. Empower yourself by taking your power back from the events you couldn’t control. What You Can Control You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou As a child, you have no control over what happens. Sometimes someone has smashed and […]

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 […]