August 21, 2006
Inspiring Women: Just Because.....
If you’re a woman who has come up through a "rank" (or not), whether its this generation or the last, you can’t help but be drawn to pure internal strength: the kind of strength where natural female energy leads to success just because.....its natural and its real.
It exemplifies what each woman was designed to do.........their outward success is but one result.
There are so many inspirational stories and people to honor, that it makes me wonder why ‘we’ spend so much time on people like Paris Hilton. I get ‘media sensationalism: I participate in it professionally, but where and how did we cross such a meaningless line? Callibre of content? C’mon America, can we not do better than that?
While I don’t have ‘extensive data,’ on all of the women who have emerged as favorites over the years, I have ‘some.’ At the end of the day, isn’t it about what people stand for and ‘how they make you feel?’
Enter -- “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel” Carl W. Buechner. There’s a few that make that list – for me. Sometimes we don't know why they make us feel a particular way – they just do. We feel it, recognize it, celebrate and move on.
While not close to an exhaustive list, those who make the list for me include: Eleanor Roosevelt, Goldie Hawn, Tina Turner, Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Oprah, Cher, Loretta Lynn, Bette Midler and Audrey Hepburn.
A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. -- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962).
One of my Eleanor favorites worth recalling again and again. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." My great grandmother and grandfather lived their lives this way and dare I not for a moment, I was reminded why I was wasting my time.
Oprah, a flower among weeds, was sued in 1998 by cattle farmers in Texas who claimed their loss in revenues as a direct result of her negative comments about eating meat on her show. Now the only African-American woman to ever be included on Forbes' billionaire list, Winfrey has perhaps run out of incredible "firsts" to call her own.
One of my favorite Sandra quotes was from a 2005 Vanity Fair article about finding 'raw talent,' where she talks about wanting to "take them to the moon." I 'get that' over and over again.
Ike Turner and Sonny Bono were crutches early on their careers, yet they never needed anything other than confidence to be who they truly were/are. Their natural beauty and feminity speak for itself.....at the start of their careers and today.
Jodie Foster has that natural Je Ne Sais Pas Quoi - need I say more?
Goldie does too..........
Demi Moore in one of her rare 'natural' moments. She needs more of these....Demi clearly does not need nude frontals or any other Madonna-like publicity stunt.
Audrey Hepburn and Loretta Lynn don't need explanation or intros. They don't really need anything. Classics in every way, their work and beauty stand solo in too many ways to mention...........
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