Women and Emerging Futures

The next wave of my own evolution lies in exploring the potential of women to profoundly shape our world. Not only if women can but if women will...do what is required to make the difference. This demands redefining our notions of 'leadership' and reclaiming meaningful expression for women. To progress beyond historical notions of evolution through incremental change, we must redefine what it is to be human - and women are the key.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Courage in action

Last night, I had an opportunity to spend time in conversation with Sarah. It became evident very quickly how much clarity she had; how willing she is to do what it takes; and how able she has become to identify what is deeply meaningful to her and do what it takes to live it.

Sarah has done what it takes. She has reached out to people who can work with her in ways that will move her forward rather than lock her into position. She has stayed present to that inner truth that will not leave her and has discovered how else to engage with it. She has stayed with her fear as an invitation for discovery. She has felt hesitation - and engaged anyway. She has taken a breath...put one foot in front of the other...and walked forward into a very different quality of life.

Many others would have given up long ago, seeking to find ways to absolve them of responsibility for the quality of their own lives. Others would have just surrendered to the advice of outside experts and proceeded to fill yet one more prescription wit the intent of stopping the pain. But not Sarah! I was there when, with great courage and determination, she has stayed with what presented, even when doing so would cause a wave of terror to lock her body into rigid position. And yet, here she is : larger than life and completely unwilling to NOT live fully!

As we spoke, I was often left speechless (and that's not an easy thing to do with me!) by this incredible transformation. The depth of her clarity; the sense of having arrived in her own body, a woman and no longer a child. Her strength. Her courage. And perhaps more than anything else, her capacity to relax into and trust herself. Sarah is awake! For far too many of us, THAT is the greatest challenge. To let go of our deeply entrenched belief that someone else knows; that someone else can fix it for us; that someone else will make it all better. Sarah knows that only she can do that for her own life - and she's up to it!

Thank you, Sarah....you give me hope. That little stone in your pocket today will help you remember who you already are. Doing so, will help you trust who you can become.

Breathing is good....


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