The vision statement of Gather the Women Global Matrix concludes with the line, “Together we can activate the incredible power of women’s wisdom on a planetary scale.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Women are speaking out against rape in India. Women are vaccinating children against polio in Afghanistan and, shockingly, paying for it with their lives. Women are brave souls.
As we start the new year, let us honor ourselves and all women for what we do. When we gather in our circles of women, let us take time to acknowledge our activism, our contributions, our nurturing, our humor, our wisdom, and anything else that we value. For once, set the self-deprecation aside. Speak up. Be true to yourself.
This morning, I resigned as a volunteer blogger for our local newspaper. After several months, it did not feel authentic to me anymore. I censored myself so as to avoid the anonymous comments that popped up below my blogs whenever I wrote about anything important to me. Something about the experience just didn’t ring true. My dear friend and circle partner, Darcy, often says that my core value is authenticity. She knows me well. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I feel better starting 2013 off on an authentic note.
On behalf of the GTW Conveners, I want to wish all of you a glorious New Year! We look forward to being in virtual and actual circles with all of you in 2013 and beyond.
Barbara Belknap, GTW Matrix Convener