One of the best ways for us to 'find our voice' is to listen to those who have found theirs. Because so many women, even successful women, find it difficult to claim a central place in their lives and in their own stories, finding self-assured women within our circle of loved ones may be difficult. It is equally problematic to find women within the annals of literature and film who have moved to the center of their story. Over the past 2 1/2 years, you've occasionally heard voices other than mine at 'dare to dream'. They are lovely, compelling voices; in June, you will hear many more.
It was quite wrenching for me to cancel plans with a friend this past Friday evening, not only because I wanted to spend time with her, but because I don't want to say no. But I really needed some time alone. When I constantly on the road, I got homesick, and was often physically exhausted, but alone time was plentiful what will all my hours spent in airports, planes, and in hotels. Nowadays it isn't. And so every once in awhile, I cancel plans at the last minute. Which isn't fun or fair to anyone. If only I would write "alone time" on the calendar, and hold that time sacrosanct. I just don't know how to do this yet without being clumsy awkward. Said Anne Morrow Lindbergh, "If women were convinced that a day off or an hour of solitude was a reasonable ambition, they would find a way of attaining it. As it is, they feel so unjustified in their demand that they rarely make the attempt."
"The ability to see our life as a comprehensible story is a key to our happiness, said "Robert Atkinson It has been said by a number of psychologists who study recovery from trauma that mourning without empathy leads to madness, and that the person who suffers loss must be able to give testimony to someone as a way of working-through and learning from this loss. We often think of loss of a marriage or a loved one, but there is also the loss of a friend, our spry young bodies, or lost opportunities that need to be acknowledged. We often don’t give voice to these losses because we think they aren’t big enough to mourn. But they are.