Balance of Power

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Circles

“You have much more power when you are working for the right thing than when you are working against the wrong thing.” Who wrote that? I have no clue. At some point, I wrote it in my notebook. This morning, I took a blue marker and copied it on to the whiteboard in my sanctuary.

It makes such good sense, and is easier on the heart. All of my women friends are working on one issue, or on several issues simultaneously. What difference does it make if you shift your thinking from fighting against an injustice to advocating for the justice you know is due?

During our 2013 gathering at Lake Tahoe, women shared their passions during the introductions, in smaller circles, over meals, or sitting on benches in the sunshine with the shimmering turquoise waters of the lake nearby. We heard stories of community activism, political engagement, writing, healing, yoga, teaching, seeking post-retirement engagement, sheltering victims of violence, and a plethora of other interests.      

I am big on social justice, and I’m one of two Alaska representatives to Vision2020/Drexel University, an initiative to gain equality for women by 2020 in five areas (  There are two women from every state. The issue I’m immersed in is fair pay for women. Henceforth, I’m going to begin focusing more on fair pay practices for women rather than railing against the stubborn wage gap.

More power will come from refocusing my efforts on educating women about negotiation skills. I can even go (gulp) to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and make the case for fair pay. Just envisioning working for the right thing pushes out negative energy and gives me hope.

Next week, a cosmic amount of positive energy and hugs will envelope the Sofitel Hotel in San Mateo, California, where women will gather for the “Alchemy: Women of Faith and Spirit” conference. I’m so excited about seeing my dear friends again and making new friends.

I invite you to write this down in a place where you’ll see it often: “You have much more power when you are working for the right thing than when you are working against the wrong thing.” It’s also a lot more fun.

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