I just read this great article from one of my favorite reads, “Feel Good Tribe” by Daily Health Boost.
This is just what I needed today to pick me up from a little slump. Hope that it has the same effect for all of you!
Thank you Feel Good Tribe for making me feel better.
“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” -Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady, 1776
“If women could go into your Congress, I think justice would soon be done to the Indians.” -Sara Winnemucca, Piute tribe activist, 1883
“I am prepared to sacrifice every so-called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights.” –Inez Milholland, Suffragist 1909
“Women more than men can strip war of its glamour and its out-of-date heroisms and patriotisms, and see it as a demon of destruction and hideous wrong.”-Lillian Wald, reformer and peace activist, 1914
“Maybe we weren’t at the Last Supper, but we’re certainly going to be at the next one.” -Bella Abzug, Congresswoman, 1977
“I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.” -Susan Butcher, Iditarod winner, 1988
“No matter how successful I become as a playwright, my mother would be thrilled to hear me tell her that I’d just lost twenty pounds, gotten married and become a lawyer.” -Wendy Wasserstein, playwright
“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
-Mae Jemison, astronaut
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”
“There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.”
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” -Mother Theresa, social activist
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -Maya Angelou, African American poet
“In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” -Margaret Thatcher, British politician
“Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well!”
[at Wellesley College Commencement] -Barbara Bush, First Lady
Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. -Gloria Steinem, feminist, at her speech at Yale University
“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” -Janis Joplin
“Tired of being pushed down and forced to sit in a corner for the past decade, she set out to change a few things about her life.”
I’ve started a little project where I’m collecting all of the funny, loving, cynical, witty, heartfelt and emotional texts and emails that my best girlfriends have sent to me over the years. (Of course, their names will remain anonymous for the fear of these kick ass women kicking my ass for the shout out. Hehehe!).
After all, aren’t these “The Things That Women Say”? These are the meat and potatoes of our deepest and most meaningful female friendships. The stuff that is said when we need our friends the most. The words that are exchanged during good times, bad times, the times when we were bringing new life into the world or saying goodbye to a life that had already been long lived. They are the words that might have been said to me when a friend just needed to be heard. A time when I just needed to listen and to not speak. These excerpts are the beauty and strength that come right from the heart when no one else can hear us but our dear friends.
As I dig through all of my past correspondence with my “chicks”, it’s made me laugh out loud. It’s made me smile from ear to ear at how these special people are able tomake me laugh like no others. I’ve cried as I’ve revisited my pain and also the pain of my friends.
I’m trying to collect more of these things that the most amazing women on the planet say to us when we need their words the most. If you have anything to add, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love to hear the things that women say to all of you, because there are no words more powerful then these on this face of this planet.
Can’t wait to hear from all of you!
I’m giving myself permission to just turn off all of the noise in my head this weekend. I just wanna focus on myself. I have so many things in my life that I don’t have any control over right now and I just need to take a break. It’s all just so overwhelming. I need a break from everyone and everything. My
Mind is saying “shhhhhhhhhhhh”.
SOOOOO……I don’t care what your problems are or what you need this weekend. You’re on your own, bitches!
Ya’ won’t die without me.
I have had the wonderful experience these past few months of getting the opportunity to become involved in two not-for-profit organizations that help people in my community. I’ve had some things happen to me these past two years that have changed my outlook on life and in how I see the world.
I was the victim of domestic violence. (notice how I say WAS). It is something that I will never understand or ever come to terms with no matter how long that I am alive on this planet. It will take time for me to recover and even more time for me to be able to start trusting people again. It pains me to think of me as my former self. It’s like looking in the mirror and seeing someone possessed by a demon that is being controlled by a monster.
I could write a book on the things that have been done to me. People would either:
1. Not believe me
2. Fall off of their chairs in shock and horror.
I feel a compelling, almost magnetic force, to want to make sure that what was done to me never happens to anyone else in this entire world. Ever. All human beings should have the right to live in peace, to live feeling safe, to feel like they can be loved and are loved. We hold the right to not have our personal possessions taken away from us, our self confidence stripped, our sense of who we are challenged to the point of not knowing who we really are or what we even stand for.
Go out and make a difference if there is an issue that you feel passionately about. Be the change that you wish see in our world and fight for what you believe in.
My change starts with helping to change the laws that protect human beings from abuse and unwarranted violence.
She can deal with stress and carry heavy burdens.
She smiles when she feels like screaming, and she sings when she feels like crying.
She cries when she’s happy and laughs when she’s afraid. Her love is unconditional.
There’s only one thing wrong with her. She forgets what she’s worth!