Thursday, March 8, 2007

Heroines and Role Models

It's International Woman's Day!

I'd like to pause and reflect on what it is to be a woman.... (and that is an entire library of exegesis...), but for now, I'd like to declare public appreciation for some women who have influenced my life.
I often think of women in my life who I've been encouraged and inspired by.
There have been times in my life when just the thought of any of these woman gave me the strength and will to move through my suffering. They have all instilled a profound sense of hope and courage in me. Thank you!

Charlene Meives has often represented a strong woman with class and culture. I have looked up to her since I can remember. As a teacher, world traveler, scholar of cultures, and philanthropist, I've found her to be encouraging and inspiring. Thank you, Char!

Barbra Streisand is one of the most enjoyable personalities I've ever known of. Her persona and energy on the screen is absolutely light making, and I"ve come to appreciate her online activism. As an actress, singer, and director, I have been inspired by her. As an activist, I've been emboldened. Thank you, Barbra!

Oprah Winfrey has gotten me through some very dark times. Sadly, there was a time in my life when The Oprah Winfrey Show was what I looked forward to and took refuge in each day. And her shows got me through some bad times. Shows about how to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, shows about how to reach out for help, shows about how to communicate, shows about how to create the life you want, shows about how to realize your dreams. And I took them all to heart. She has positively changed millions of peoples' lives and deserves a Nobel Peace Prize! Thank you, Oprah!

Angelina Jolie has powerfully helped to encourage me to act on what I believe in, be myself, and to volunteer! Her profound influence on the lives of countless refugees around the world is very humbling and beautiful to me, and it far surpasses her beauty or stardom. I like how she uses her celebrity to bring attention to important global issues, is an Ambassador to the United Nations Council for Refugees, has adopted two children from third world countries (and is about to adopt a third), and chooses many roles that portray strong, bold, independent woman who take chances and stand up for what they feel is right. Awesome role model! She's rad!

Barbara Ann O'Leary
is another rad woman who is definitely living her truth. She's bold, authentic, and powerful. She has helped me find and tune to my own sources of bold, authentic power, and it's really changed my life! When I think of ways I want to be and woman who inspire me, she instantly comes to mind!

Later, I will add more, and even post about my male role models....
But for now, I invite you to reflect on who has influenced you in your life as a hero, role model, or encouraging/inspiring player in your life!

1 comment:

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