Empowerment is not a topic I often reflect upon
Last month, I wrote an article for Nabalo Magazine. They offered a number of topics that I could write about and I found myself drawn to the concept of empowerment. It is not something that I often consider. As a middle aged person, I feel I have been learning all along my journey how to empower myself and others. By no means am I an expert at this but I wondered as my fingers brushed the keys if empowerment were truly a priority for me.
It brought up a whole series of questions for me. Is finding a silent state and moment of calm my way of finding my inner strength? Does writing about challenges I face through my illness strengthen me from the inside? Does finding positive ways to handle adversity give me the strength I need to face the next hurdle?
I’m pretty darn sure, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, that you know where this one is going….
Is what I do ’empowerment’?
As I wrote, I realized, that my meditation flowers that I reach to for guidance each morning, are my form of empowerment. I gain confidence and resilience through watching them each day as we evolve together. Using flowers is my assurance that even if I am feeling very unwell, that I’ll have a bright spot in my day (this is often enough to at least get me out of my bed). More often than not, though, my garden walk helps me to build my strength to face the day. Another example of gaining energy and motivation from inside myself.
Writing about and sharing my challenges, and connecting with others, helps me to build a fortress of resolve for that day when my thoughts may choose to turn their back on me. Finding purpose during adversity is teaching me that darkness and light really do have to exist at the same time. Gratitude is helping me to understand that I have abundance no matter my areas of lack.
So, today is the day. The August edition is being published ‘for real‘ and I am in it. I feel exhilarated, and excited, and truly grateful. I am both proud of my accomplishment and terrified to send it out into the ether!
I also feel empowered!
Love Ingrid x
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