I suspect I might – on a very, very, good day – be capable of conjuring an anthem-worthy sentence, similar to Alice Walker’s (below).  Other days?  I think, ‘Fool – you can’t convey what she did in sixteen succinct words!’  I’ve got the quote tacked up on my wall along with a piece of writing from my own archives, circa, I dunno, the first millennia? 😉 The combo makes me think…and from time to time, I pause to read and let both Alice’s thought and my own sink in:

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

-Alice Walker

Life can be hard, when we seek softness.  Like can be maze-like when we seek straight, navigable paths.  Life can be joy-filled, yet stingy, especially when we long to linger in the light.  Life can be a snare, enticing us to drop down rather than rise.

-Me

Holiday time is here for some of us…several weeks from here to January that, despite festivities of all sorts, can be laden with emotional potholes.  Staying strong, facing forward while finding ways to be resilient and resourceful?  Tricky business and there’s no ‘one size fits all’. What helps? Remembering to marvel in our talents, our gifts.  Gloat a little…it’s okay.  We’re not going to please everyone around us and hitching our happiness wagons to others is a sure-fire way to slide…and feel less-than.

Alice Walker provided one of many antidote-inducing boosts. We have power, if we claim it, and reveling in our ability to be poised under pressure…while surrounding ourselves with people, practices and ideology that guide us toward strength? Life goals for me, right there.  That’s how we ride out the cloudbursts, the messy, the maddening and the melancholy.

So go ahead…be a force…be fully YOU. Getting there might involve being a little choosy about who and what we allow into our heads and hearts.  Me? The older I get, the more I believe in Alice’s sixteen words and the reminder that not everyone and everything in front of me is worthy of my time and attention.  I’ve got the power…so do you.

Vicki 😊

6 thoughts on “You’ve Got The…

  1. What an inspiring anthem, Vicki!! I love “We have power, if we claim it, and reveling in our ability to be poised under pressure…while surrounding ourselves with people, practices and ideology that guide us toward strength?”

    I love that you are fully you in this post and it brings out the best in me. Thank you, my friend!!

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  2. What an insightful observation and great quote! I believe that there’s great power in words, which is why I think I like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Words: so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

    I recently read a revision of the sticks-and-stones quote and the new (to me) revision read “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can kill me”… Ominous read?

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    1. Wow…terrific Hawthorne quote, EW! Thanks for that — so true…and the revised “sticks and stones”? Ominous, indeed. And also true (sadly). Sending love and big hugs your way. Xo! ❤️

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  3. This really stands out to me: “…surrounding ourselves with people, practices and ideology that guide us toward strength..” I sometimes find myself relaxing on the ‘practices’ side of things, so this was a great reminder. And btw, I loved your quote even more than Alice Walker’s. That’s fantastic stuff right there!

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    1. Thanks, Kendra! Me, too, about the practicing part…so easy to get swept up in endless other stuff! And yeah, that Alice Walker quote’s a keeper. 😉
      Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day yesterday! 😘

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