Maybe you’ve seen this all over Facebook the past few days, as well as other social media sites, the two words “Me Too” posted a woman’s status. It’s purpose is to show the magnitude of this long standing problem in our society. It started after the media explosion about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment accusations surfaced. One by one over 40 women came out of hiding, who were allegedly sexually abused by him, as if each said “Me Too”.
Soon after, women from around the country started posting it as their statuses. Being sexually harassed, demeaned, physically or emotionally abused, overpowered, intimidated, or dismissed, and being looked at as the the weaker sex, is totally unacceptable. We are by no means inferior to anyone. Although not all men feel this way, there are still some “dinosaurs”, which haven’t yet gotten the message about what it means to be a female. So let me reiterate who we are as women, in support of all my fellow sisters in the “Me Too” Campaign.
We are pretty and soft, wear high heels, polish our nails, while others wear construction boots and helmets, and have calloused hands. We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds. We all have different stories. We express ourselves differently, some soft spoken and others bold as lions. We stay home with our children and we run corporations and businesses. Despite all our differences and positions in life, we have one thing in common; we are all equal in value. Equal to each other and equal to men. As a part of the human race we are all worthy of respect, honor, dignity, and a voice. Our Creator, created us all equal (Genesis 1: 26 to 28, Romans:2:11 plus many more), we are just different sexes and have different functions. Other than that, there is no pecking order, no totem pole or hierarchy of importance and worth. Mothers, daughters and sisters, we are all “woman of great worth.”
This latest devaluation of women out of Hollywood has seemed to have awakened a sleeping giant. You can hear the call for unity and the shout - it’s enough! No more!!! Too many women have carried its shame for far too long, after being abused for being female. I love how this has empowered so many women, famous or not, to stop hiding; to stop being plagued by unwarranted shame. For some, after many years, they are able to stand up and say; they too, were violated by men. I love that as we all stand up together, it will take away some of the power and the fear about coming forward whenever this happens. These predators count on us feeling too scared to say anything.
If you are still suffering in the shadows, too traumatized to come forward, understand whatever happened to you, is not your fault, and you are not alone. You are brave, strong and valued. The more of us that stand together, the louder our voices will echo. Don’t allow anyone to take your power, no matter who they are. Right now there has been a banner raised and it reads, “Me Too”. If you’ve been violated stand under it, there’s room for you.
#womenstrong #womenofworth #nomore #enoughisenough #heelsanddealsstrong #rewardscoaching #unashamed
This is a hard season for our country and for the world at large. We’ve seen a lot of devastation and evil befall too many people. There probably isn’t one person that hasn’t been touched by it, in one-way or another. In the midst of dealing with one tragedy, another arises. It’s enough to leave one feeling helpless, angry, fearful, discouraged, and hopeless about our future.
Although we don’t have any control over these things, we do have control over how we react to them. It seems the people directly involved in these horrendous events - the true victims, have shown the rest of the world how to react when faced with the unimaginable worst of circumstances one can face; both natural and man inflicted. They rose up and showed love and compassion for one another. They helped their neighbors and perfect strangers get out of harms way. They sheltered, they shared, they rallied, they advocated and they put another’s needs before their own. I believe these are the makings of a hero. We applaud and honor them all!
It has been wonderful to watch so many others rally to the aid of those directly involved. They have fought through red tape to make their voices heard. They have collected money, food and supplies, and even helped pack them. With this last tragedy, they even donated their own blood when asked! What a blessing to see how this has united us. It has brought out the best in us and overshadowed what has tried to divide us.
In the days to come, as the dire immediateness of the all the situations wane, the trauma of the events will begin to settle in for many. More than likely, their own negative human emotions will begin to surface, which they’ll have to deal with as they begin to rebuild their lives. This is another opportunity for us to choose to let our compassion rise up and shine, not just for them, but for ourselves as well. They will need us to encourage them, to support them and to continue to help provide for their basic needs. Let’s keep compassion in the forefront and resist the urge to give way to our frustrations, spewing hatred and blame, and falling back to all that divides us.
When God put us in this world He made us like a family with one bloodline. When one hurts, we all hurt. We may have different cultures, skin colors, beliefs and locations, but we are all still connected – like a family. Anger and hatred will only further divide us, but compassion toward one another will connect us more than anything else. If the victims of these disasters and evil events, could forget about themselves in the worst moments of their lives, and show compassion, and the world around them be moved to do the same, then certainly it can be done. May we strive with that same compassion, to stay unified and connected, as we work toward healing and addressing the ills of our world without inflicting further hurt. Does this sound like a nice theory but not realistic? Think again! It only takes one match to light one candle and another and another and another and another - until it burns brighter through the darkness of life.
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” W.L.Watkinson
#healtheworld #compassion #Strength #unity #bealightinthedarkness #kindness #beaninfluenceforgood #rewardscoaching
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