“To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.”
– Hermann Hesse
I found this on the interwebs and love it…
fall in love with growing, even if it’s your hair, your wounds healing, or your vocabulary. Fall in love with letting go, letting go of a friend or letting go something that prevents you from finding your happy self again. Fall in love with creation even if it’s creating a blog, creating an ideal garden, or creating happiness. Lastly fall in love with change, how you changed your socks after standing alone in the rain for 3 years. Don’t think that your changes are little or unimportant, think of it as your second birth
“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.”
– Saint Augustine
The world seems like it’s in such a fragile state these days. It’s easy to lose hope and wonder what the point is, especially after the upset of the recent US Presidential Elections.
As someone with family and friends in the States, as a woman, I feel their anguish at this divisive outcome. It was a blow to progress, to inclusion, to women and men both ‘white’ and of colour, ethnicity and religion – not just in the United States of Anxiety as it was so widely defined in memes. It’s a terrifying message that reverberates throughout the globe.
It was dear Mmerci client who Insta-messaged on the night of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. Though we’ve never met, last evening, we, along with millions of others sat infront of our tvs, laptops, phones and wondered what went wrong. We balked at this buffoon. How someone with a known track record – not for public service – but all the wrong, deplorable things – could be allowed to govern this superpower. Like others, we hated that Hillary apologised. She has nothing to be sorry for.
If you missed her speech, here are the cliff’s notes:
“Many of you are at the beginning of your professional public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
“Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dream.”
We may not be American, but we are women. Mothers, bosses, leaders, partners. Let’s continue to love and fight for each other with this same spirit of inclusion, regardless of our ambitions or life choices.