We all have an idea of what strength means. Most times what we picture are very strong people doing very hard physical activities. It’s true that Olympians and anyone that is able to physically overcome what seems like insurmountable tasks are physically very strong. They may even seem to have tapped into a type of strength you can’t imagine possessing. These people that defeat mountains without the benefit of adequate air are envied and admired. But do they possess something physically or even spiritually that we don’t have?
Do these individuals have a strength of will that is only available to a very few special people? We’ve watched many individuals overcome situations that many of us are grateful we’ve never had to experience like hurricanes, wars, prisons, and even unexpected, unexplainable localized violence. These people, these amazing humans, seem to have dipped into something that helped them get through situations that no one wants to face. Did they tap into a strength that isn’t readily available to anyone of us at any time? Or as the song suggests do we have to go through tragedy to understand true willpower or is it something that is there already? Do you think and believe, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?”
Imagine a Woman
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.
Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.
Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates her body’s rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.
Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman
IT’S NEVER BEEN ABOUT WHAT SHE DOES, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT WHAT
THE ABUSER FELT AND HOW THEY DIDN’T WANT TO FEEL IT!
From Rachel Norwood on New Years 2013:
I wish you happiness; but if you are unhappy, I wish for you to know that that is okay too and that you are loved,
I wish you health; but if you fall into unhealth I wish for you to see your inner well-being and resilience and have the support of those around you who love you,
I wish for life to unfold in the way that you would like it too; but if it doesn’t I wish for you to see that whatever happens you are still fundamentally okay,
I wish you friendship and love; but if you find yourself feeling isolated I wish for you to know that we are all connected and that we are connected to the Source of Life and thus can never be alone
Above all, I wish for you to savour each and every present moment; that you may leave all thoughts of the past behind for we cannot change the past, and that you may not worry over the future for the future is not ours to control. Love!