#YesAllWomen

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#YesAllWomen

Because all women have walked to their car in the dark, keys clutched tight in hand, one poking out between two fingers.

Because when I go out to bars or clubs, I have to think about whether what I’m wearing is too suggestive, instead of putting on whatever I please.

Because I feel the need to apologize when I’m not wearing makeup or my hair hasn’t been washed, or when I’m generally looking anything other than flawless.

Because there was nothing I could do about the man who touched me inappropriately in the middle of Gillette Stadium as I waited for my then-boyfriend to come out of the bathroom. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STADIUM.

Because there was also nothing I could do when a man touched me inappropriately in the middle of a crowded street, his arm around his girlfriend. Because retaliating in the way I wanted to…

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Shared and Sharing Experience

I have just listened to Wes Moore speak at TED on how to talk to veterans about their wars. 

His comments directed my thoughts to other individuals and groups whose communities and families may or may not approach them, or may unintentionally offend or wound through ignorance.

Social media and other communication mediums are replete with those who have endured war, abuse, rape, disability, pain, physical and mental illness, job-loss, moral and financial bankruptcy, child-loss, widow-hood (I could go on), all looking for others who have shared in a similar experience and/or a place to be heard and valued.

My simple hope is that we each would take an interest and the time to discover what another’s experience has been like, and share our own experiences so that someone else may not feel alone in theirs. Talking about our lives is healthy for the speaker, the listener and our social connections. Not talking, asking or listening only breeds our sense of isolation, negative identity assumptions (of ourselves and others), and disconnection from each other when we all have a desire to belong – somewhere.

Ezekiel 33

Turn, O turn! Everyone turn

Who has been turned away

Return, restore, give back and walk

The life of right, be swayed

 

To turn from right to wickedness

Will bring to you a death

Turn from wickedness to right

Into light of life be swept!

 

I will judge each one of you

According to your ways

I take no pleasure in one’s death;

O turn and live today

 

My Son, for wickedness has died

His righteousness will give

To those who turn and will remain;

Abide in Him and live!

 

 

 

15/5/2014

Psalm 41 and 42

Flats, sun through tree

My soul thirsts for the living God. When will I see the face of God?

 

Looking back

I will remember Him from past goodness.

 

27 Sunset trees 13

His song with me in the night; A prayer to the God of my life.

 

Misty Sunrise

Hope in God! I will yet praise Him.

 

 

Your body language shapes who you are

Wow, 2 minutes ‘power posing’ can affect your confidence and outcomes!

Your body language shapes who you are Amy Cuddy, TED 2012

…and for my christian friends: IF and WHEN God has called you to something, I was reminded of Jeremiah 1:17

A Woman of Worth

Many thanks to Leslie and Alison…you have once again caused me to think about how I do things, and how I “do me.”

I’m certain the emphasis is not quite so much on ‘what’ we’re doing, but the attitude and/or motivation with which we are doing ‘it’!

Proverbs 31:10-31

Intentional, relational

Personal and seasonal

Energetic, excellent

Empathic and most reverent

Persistent and so diligent

Consistency and confident

Loving, willing, virtuous

Fearless, strong, industrious

Wise, discerning, disciplined

Entreat, create, envisag – ed

 

A woman after God’s own heart

Should enjoy the fruits of work

All she has done we will applaud

Her inner self, our best reward

 

15/5/2014