On Wednesday, November 9th the Department of Transportation’s FEW Chapter will host our annual Anniversary Luncheon. The theme of the luncheon is “Empowering Women and Girls”.
While others (like mentors) may provide you with the tools and motivation you need for your journey, self-empowerment is what’s going to make your dreams come true. Self-empowerment is about being in alignment with your true strengths and using those strengths to create your fabulous life. Alignment is key to tapping this power and potential (more on this later).
But first! Something disturbing I’ve noticed… Alice Walker said that the most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Well, to this I would add that oftentimes women give up power because we’ve been taught it is a bad, evil thing. Come on…you’ve heard all the warnings:
- The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse
- Power is not alluring to pure minds.
- The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
Wow. So who wants to embrace that? (I’m going to leave it to your bright minds to check out the amount of power possessed by the men who issued these dire warnings. All in all, it is pretty clever to make folks believe having power is an evil thing…that way we won’t want it!)
On the other hand, I think that the measure of a woman is not whether she has power, but what she does with it. Just remember, the great leaders we admire could not have achieved any positive change without having power. Power can create wonderful, fabulous realities. Maybe the reason we rarely achieve our dreams is that we never direct our power. Self-empowerment takes courage. Self-empowerment means taking responsibility for the decisions you make. Because guess what? When you take your life in your own hands, there’s no one else to blame.
On Wednesday, I’m looking forward to hearing Nancy White, a good friend and fellow mentor, speak on creating alignment, and how alignment is key to self-empowerment. I’ll see you all there.