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Words are Also Actions

I am saddened by the people who shrug off insulting words, as if they have no impact. When confronted with the power of words, many deny that they can be weapons, until the words are used against them. I am angered by what passes for humor or piety in many communities, be they families, religions or social groups. I have spent my life attempting to uplift others and hoping that I, and those under my protection, would be treated by others as I treat them. This has not always been the case.

It takes great courage to stand up to bullies. Those who call themselves our friends will often side with those who use bullying to instill fear. While my children were dependent on me, I had my hands full with simply attempting to protect them. I also tempered my anger in order that they would not be persecuted for my actions. My children are grown, as are some of my grandchildren. They share no names with me. I am now free to speak out as strongly as I feel compelled to do without fearing reprisal toward my most loved ones.

We are all born as animals. Humans have a choice to become something more. Only through lives, including words, of responsible compassion do we build truly full humanity.

Leadership through fear has been the way of patriarchal religions and governments. Mothers know what it takes to lead by bonding, and we must be willing to teach this in order to save our global society from annihilating itself.

I taught a daughter who is a great leader with two strong daughters. If each one will teach one, we will eventually create a tidal wave of women in strong, loving leadership.

I am married to a man who supports my efforts; sadly the father of my children is not one of these supportive men in my efforts. He does, however, provide support to other women in my life.

Love,
Y

Comments

rozjean's picture

Bullying

Dear Y,
As an educator I am only too well acquainted with the destructive affects of bullying. Nurturing strong women must include empowering them to become "upstanders" who are willing to speak out in the face of injustice, starting with supporting anti-bullying campaigns in our schools.
Warm wishes,
rozjean

Y's picture

To Rozjean

Rozjean,
Thank you for your comment. We must stop encouraging irresponsible animal behaviors in each other, especially our boys and men.

Yvette

cassie_levy's picture

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your story. I really like your quote: "If each one will teach one, we will eventually create a tidal wave of women in strong, loving leadership." Keep up the good work!

"We are all born as animals. Humans have a choice to become something more. Only through lives, including words, of responsible compassion do we build truly full humanity."

Love that.

I also love your idea of women teaching their daughters compassionate leadership, and letting the movement build. Stories like yours and communities like this are a testament that it is possible, and it is happening.

Y's picture

Thank you. I also have a

Thank you.

I also have a compassionate son who is frightened by my leadership. I hope that we will be able to lead without placing our men in submission to us. I hope women promote partnering in community rather than competition.

Yvette

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