A repost from June 2017 with updates.
While researching subjects for the blog, I came across a website that spoke volumes to “strong women.” Growing up with conflicting role models, it took half a lifetime to make sense of what it is to be both strong and feminine. Society has a definition that misses the point entirely, based on beauty and education.
No woman is a strong woman because she got a degree. No woman is a strong woman because she got promoted. No woman is a strong woman because of her intellect. No woman is a strong woman because she can do something just as well as a man can or even better than them. No woman is strong because she can lift heavy weights at the gym or run fast or play a sport well.
True strength lies in her ability to embrace her feminine core, and while she may be a high achiever, and while she may be very intelligent, her real strength is in her true femininity. And in her character. Can she care for others? Can she care not only when it’s easy, but when it’s hard? Can she truly feel, rather than hide her feelings? Can she tell the truth, and influence people for the better? Can she influence without aggression? Can she influence without ego? Can she give without expecting anything back?
(Dignity, Lakota Woman, South Dakota)
Because life skills are not taught in school, having accomplished role models are how women learn to be better, do better. How can a woman ever truly understand the pain and suffering of others, and truly give to others, if she’s not encouraged to feel her own pain and suffering? How can a woman develop compassion, relate to other human beings, revel in her femininity and live in her feminine core if everything is about getting the next thing done and the next thing done? Sisterhood support and encouragement is changing the world.
It does my heart good to see girls, of all ages, embracing their powerful selves. Whatever it is that enriches your life, do it, be it, own it! A strong woman should never be content with content. Women are a symbol of beauty and of femininity and we ought to live enriching lives and bring life, energy, love and hope wherever we go.
Who are your role models? Who inspires you to be better, do better?
Every day is a new opportunity to live a fuller, richer life. You got this!
A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely.
Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter.
A strong woman is both soft and powerful.
She is both Practical and Spiritual.
A strong woman in her essence is a gift to all the world.