Rise Up: A Call To Action For Girls Everywhere



Growing up may seem challenging. It can sometimes feel like uniqueness is not something to be celebrated. That for some reason not making waves and blending in with everyone else is the way to go.

I saw this with my own daughter, who is now 13.  When she was little and just beginning school, it was every girl in class invited to the party. There was nothing but love between these budding Goddesses. As they grew older, the circle split into smaller ones and some inevitably began to feel left out.

There is a sense of comfort in this idea of "fitting in" but the truth is that is not real.  

There is nothing we fit into.  Sure, it's wonderful when we can share similar interests and life experiences. I certainly made friends this way when I was younger and still do today - but there is an underlying culture of calling people out who are somewhat "different."  There is an undeniable mean girl undercurrent among girls and even more so among their moms. 

It is time to rise up and return to our sisterhood.  We must lead by example and lift up our fellow sisters and teach our daughters to do the same.  When we empower and support one another we realize that there is no scarcity of any thing at all.  There is enough abundance in the world, in our communities, and within our social circles for everyone to have more than what they need.  The desire to compete falls away. 

We find that when we heal others, we heal ourselves, as our reflection lives in all.  Let us celebrate our differences and bask in our unity that runs deep.   Let us understand that there is so much more to learn from those who appear different than us as they afford us a new and unique way in which to see the world.  

When we remain open hearted to our sisters, we clearly see the paradox in that however we try to define ourselves and separate ourselves, deep down we are all the same.  We have the same hopes and fears and beneath the facade, we all want the same things. So let's celebrate each other and our differences, and love each other in our oneness.  

Let's rise above divisions that society has created and form a new paradigm for a global sisterhood.  

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Messages From The Bronx

“Create.”  That is the word that was written across the mural I happened to park my car next to on Wednesday.  A school I have been to on several occasions however every other time except this day I missed this block long masterpiece!  It reminded me that creation is all that we are and what we see depends entirely on the angle from which we view.  I create.  My thoughts create, my heart creates, my hands create, my voice creates!  Our lives are literally art and we get to decide the modality in which we share our work and despite what you have been told, each moment the canvas can be blank and you may begin again.  We have a lot more control over our lives than we believe.  We control what we think and we are in charge of our actions when we react to every single moment life presents to us.  In fact, you can also create the things and situations that are most pleasing to you by focusing on your desires rather than giving your energy to any current unpleasant circumstances that you may be dealing with.  So what will you choose?  Will you choose to expend your energy fighting your current reality or does dancing with your dreams sound much more enticing?  I know what I want to do.

Photo:  Grand Concourse @ East 166th Street - Bronx, New York