Starting to UnderSTAND
“Well behaved women rarely make history.” I love this saying. If you think about the people that have made some of the biggest impacts in history, it is not the meek and reserved. The people who are written into our history books are those who caused a rumble. They are forever known as the movers and shakers, refusing to settle for mediocrity. Tonight, I discovered that Unexpected Health is rooted in empowerment…when we take a stand.
There are lots of obvious healthfulness stemming from taking a stand: we gain respect for ourselves; we value ourselves, our needs and our desires in life; and the more we stand up for ourselves, the more we create our imprint in this world. But the unexpected health that arises from taking a stand is that when we put our foot down, we are not only empowering ourselves, we also empower others to do the same…and creating a movement of change is healthy.
I go back to the movie, “Invictus,” which if you still haven’t seen it, cancel your plans for tomorrow and go to the movies, eat popcorn and be wildly inspired. Anyway, Nelson Mandela used empowerment to cause a movement toward peace and reconciliation. He empowered those around him, those considered “under” him, and as people felt that their opinions, wants, and desires mattered, the pulse of positive change exploded. Now of course, empowerment can also be used for great harm. Just as we will always remember Mandela, we will also never forget the abuse of power from a man named Hitler. But, when our intentions, our morals, and the greatest good is at the forefront of our actions, we can be movers and shakers. We may never be typed into a history book, but in our community, in our family, in our circle of friends, we can create movement toward health.
The stand I took tonight does not really matter…what matters is that although I felt uncomfortable putting my best foot forward, I did it anyway. After sitting with the push I felt to do something not considered “well behaved,” I knew what I had to do. And maybe my action caused a chain reaction in others; maybe not. But the more we take a stand, the more history we are making…even if it is merely in our own blog. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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