Women of Strength

1099a49ced90d4601208341f98f75d7cDear women who show the daily strength of grace, courage, and mercy,

Dear women who carry not only themselves, but all those around them,

Dear young women with your eyes looking forward, pushing towards your destiny,

Dear girls fighting to maintain innocence,

Dear self,

The world is not always kind to us.  In this crazy, critical, fast paced world, there are some things you need to know.  They are some things you need to embrace.  There are some things you need to believe.

You are valuable.  Just you.  Just the way you are.  God made you the way He did for a reason.  You have something unique to offer the world.  If you don’t, no one else can because there is no other you.

You are just as important as anyone and everyone else.  Love yourself as much as you do others.  Those things that make you feel awkward, those things that make you feel like you just don’t fit in?  Those are the things that make you special.  Those are the things that tell you have to just be you and let go of the anxiety and pressure.  Those are the things that will influence the unique contribution you have for the world.

Your voice is relevant.  Don’t let anyone write off your ideas or your emotions.  They are both valid.

il_570xN.418501039_q52hYou are smart.  Speak up, speak out.  Speak for what is right.  Speak for how the world should be and not how it is.  You are more powerful than you realize.  You have the ability to influence people and the world through love, mercy, and strength.

Your body is a gift.  Be thankful for all it does and can do for you.  Ignore the negative messages that inundate you and know that you are beautiful.  Take care of it, but don’t obsess.  You are so much more than your outer layer.

You are not what has happened to you.  You are not the choices you have made.  You are the woman you choose to be each day.  You have the power to change your context.  To change your direction.  Be a person you respect.  Be proud of who you are, what you’ve done, what you will do.

Keep the innocence where you can for as long as you can.  Life can be hard and long.  Take time to be silly.  Take time for what makes you happy and keeps you going.  Remember, that it is not selfish, but necessary, to take time for yourself.

Be kind to each other.  The world is too harsh on us for us to be cruel, condemning, or critical of each other.  Instead, we need to be a band of sisters, a band of warriors, a ring of compassion.

Photographs of Charmion, Strong Woman, 1904. Popular on the vaudeville stage and in the circus as a trapeze artist and a strong woman.
Photographs of Charmion, Strong Woman, 1904. Popular on the vaudeville stage and in the circus as a trapeze artist and a strong woman.

Mostly, let your spirit soar.  Let all that you are fill the world with goodness.  Let God’s love and mercy pour out of you.  Be a strong woman.

-S

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