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The way I see it, this world, our reality, is the manifestation of the imagination of a largely masculine world. The systems, the laws, the mores and morals by which we live are very heavily influenced by masculine energy. One of my favorite books is "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. In this book, he outlines a system based on his study of the world's most successful men. It has proven a very good system for many people to follow and achieve great things, but I often wonder, "how would the world be today if he had studied successful women?"
I recall from a very young age being intrigued by Amelia Earhart. This was a woman who did not set out to change the world, but she set out to do what she loved. As a child, my summertime afternoons were lost to the imagination of being Amelia Earhart, flying over the wide blue ocean, of crashing on a remote island and living out my last days in the jungle. Did she survive? If she did, what did she eat? How did she take shelter? Did she feel terror? Or did she find peace in knowing that she died doing what she loved? I like to think it was the later, that no matter how it ended, she was OK, knowing that she still got to do what she loved most.
Growing up in Idaho, state history was a required subject for all fourth graders, and I was intrigued by the story of Sacajawea -- whose mention was a mere two paragraphs in the entire text book! These crumbs enticed me to hunt for more information about this Indian Princess who bravely led the Lewis & Clark Expedition through some of the most dangerous terrain in the Pacific Northwest. Not only that, but she gave birth to her child during this trek!
Why did she do it? She could have refused, as she was not the only interpreter who could have helped the expedition. Sacajawea wanted to help, I think, because she longed to return to her childhood home. I like to imagine she didn't refuse because she wanted that chance to reconnect with her family and that, perhaps intuitively, she knew this would be the only that her newborn would get to connect to his roots. I imagine her motivation had nothing to do with helping the white men explore the Pacific Northwest, but had more to do with her desire to return to the land she loved.
These women were not trying to change the world, not really...
And yet, our world is better for what they accomplished in their lives. It took courage, intuition, commitment.
These women were following their hearts.
This is exactly why the world needs Women's History Month. Women's stories matter. Your story matters.
When you feel like you are defeated, remember these stories of ordinary women, doing what they love and achieving success on their own terms. If you are struggling with doing what you want to do, remember that there is no one way to do it other than....to do it. If you encounter obstacles along your way, remember there are no prescribed procedures...that answering to the call of your heart will show you the way. Following your gut, your intuition, your feeling, will get you there...
Over to you: Who are your Sheroes? Are there females from history, or everyday life, that inspire you to keep on keeping on? Tell us about it in the comments below!
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.