Hello dear ones,
Today is International Women's Day and today I am writing to the women in my life. However, if you are a man reading this right now, please read on because the message is as valid for you as for us. Or perhaps pass this on to a woman or two you cherish.
The theme of this year's Women's Day is #BeBoldForChange. Yes indeed, it is a time for women and men everywhere to cast aside fear and apathy and stand up for what is just.
And yet, any action we take, any words we speak, any protests we make
must be deeply, utterly, rooted in Love.
This is perhaps the greatest challenge that we are being offered at this time. To respond to repugnant and despicable and unthinkable words and actions firmly grounded in a fierce, Life-protecting Love.
And yet, we know by now that we cannot truly love others until we really love ourselves. And by this we mean the people who we actually like and love and feel affection for. What then about loving our enemies?
This brings me to the reason I am writing this email today. To open a dialogue about how we are loving ourselves. Really. Truly.
Do you love yourself? What actions do you take that show your love?
I still remember the day in my early teens when my aunt said to me, ''Sheila, love is an action.'' These words have remained with me ever since. More and more I apply this concept to the relationship with my own self. If love is an action and I love myself, than what acts am I taking to express this love?
I have created a survey in order to get a sense of how we women are taking care of ourselves, how we are putting our self-love into action--or not. The fact is that there are a lot of hidden reasons that make it hard for women to take care ourselves beyond finding the time-- like deeply embedded guilt and shame about self-care that has been passed down from generations of women before us and society at large.
If you choose to complete the survey, which will take about 10 minutes to fill out, it will be, in effect, 10 minutes that you dedicate to loving yourself. How? Because simply the act of answering the questions will give you pause to take stock of how you are doing and what it is you really desire.
So, yes, let's #beboldforchange and may it begin with our love of self.