First, Happy Belated Valentine’s Day…it was almost gone before I remembered it. A friend and I went out to dinner, and I was wondering why there were so many people out on a Thursday night…DUH…
I’m up to my eyeballs in conference paper acceptances and rejections…and am leaving tomorrow (or should I say today, since it is almost 1a.m.?) for the weekend, with almost half of that task unfinished – oh well – it’s not my fault that the staff changed one date without shifting other deadlines… It will have to wait until Sunday, even though the authors were told they’d hear by the 15th… How can I let them know whether or not their paper has been accepted, when the peer reviews are not even due back until 5:00p.m? Let alone reading the reviews and in cases where there are conflicting reviews, the actual papers. OK…enough of my rant…I have to let go and just enjoy the friends I’ll be spending time with this weekend.
The following quote I found on the blog of a friend…I’m shamelessly stealing from her, but in return, I’m placing a link to her site (Obfuscating Preponderance, formerly Open to the Possibilities.) Anyway, I really like the quote.
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experiences and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.
Imagine a woman who believes she is good.
A woman who trusts and respects herself.
Who listens to her needs and desires, and meets them
With tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice.
Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs her own spirituality and allows it to inform her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates her body and its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.
Imagine a woman who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use precious energy disguising the changes in her body
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman.
Patricia Lynn Reilly (http://www.imagineawoman.com/)
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