No and Yes are without a doubt the two most powerful words in any human language.
He was young. He was pretty. He was pretty arrogant (or super confident). He was principled (loved, loved his position on Vietnam).
He announced to the world in no uncertain terms: “I am the greatest.”
Part of becoming a self-actualized adult is learning when it is appropriate to say no without defending or explaining yourself.
We live in urgent times! This has always been the truth; but today, for the first time in history, we can bear witness to the misery of others seven worlds away.
Not only can we read about it in newspapers, books, and magazines, we can also see it live and in color on our TVs at home and in our vehicles; at the airport while we wait for our flight to board; on our smartphones and tablets; at the gasoline pumps; and in the checkout lane at our local Wal-mart.
There is literally no escape from the constant storm of images that allow those of us privileged to live in the West to witness the heart-wrenching, unfortunate, intimate struggles of others, especially of women, girls, and children.
I was born into a family of warriors, really strong people. ~ SHAILENE WOODLEY
A mother gives birth to life, to the future. There is nothing, nothing more essential, more extraordinary than giving birth to, nurturing, and protecting a new life until that life can fly on its own. This is a very lovely thing.
I want to share a point of view with you. But I need you to close your mind’s eye and empty it, if you can, of your prejudices and your perceived “preferences,” and read carefully what follows.
First, forget all that nonsense that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” While there may be a mustard seed of truth in those dull, uninspiring, shopworn words, it isn’t relevant, nor does it negate in any way, what I am about to say.
NOTE: These words were originally posted on January 16, 2015. But they are still relevant today as they were last year and hundreds of years ago. Women, girls, ladies, so many of us still need constant encouragement to voice a strong no when that is our truth!
In the U.S., “No” may be the hardest word to say. If you are a woman, it is particularly fraught with angst. I know where this stems from, but I don’t fully understand why it is still so firmly rooted in our female psyche. After all, “No” is so simple. It’s just two letters and one syllable and can be a complete sentence. Right?! Wrong!
I wish, I wish someone had pounded the quoted words below into my heart and mind from BEFORE the time I was old enough to comprehend the width and depth of human treachery.
We human beings think. We talk. We strive. We judge.
It’s all part of the human situation.