GET INSPIRED. INSPIRE OTHERS.
ANNE WILSON SCHAEF
Work is sacred. It is not just a way to earn money or gain power, though it may result in both. Work is a vehicle for testing out our gifts and talents and using them to explore their meaning. Work is a process of self-expression, trial and error learning, creativity, and risk taking. No matter what kind of job we have, work always has these potentials. Work is spiritual. It is a place where we have the opportunity for spiritual growth. Often these opportunities come from the “how” of the ways we do our work rather than the “what” of the work itself. Regardless of what our work is, we can enjoy it. And it is most enjoyable when balanced with other aspects of our life and not a tyrant.
What do we know at this time? We know that at no time in history have women had a better opportunity to influence the direction society is heading and to build a better world.
Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.
True belonging is not passive. It’s not the belonging that comes with just joining a group. It’s not fitting in or pretending or selling out because it’s safer. It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are.
The more beautiful world my heart knows is possible is a world with a lot more pleasure: a lot more touch, a lot more lovemaking, a lot more hugging, a lot more deep gazing into each other’s eyes, a lot more fresh-ground tortillas and just-harvested tomatoes still warm from the sun, a lot more singing, a lot more dancing, a lot more timelessness, a lot more beauty in the built environment, a lot more pristine views, a lot more water fresh from the spring.
We are all here to contribute our gifts toward something greater than ourselves, and will never be content unless we are.
For every great idea, the opposite idea is also true.
If we want to change the systems we are part of - our countries, communities, organizations, and families - we must also see and change ourselves.
I discovered that people are not really afraid of dying; they’re afraid of not ever having lived, not ever having deeply considered their life’s higher purpose, and not ever having stepped into that purpose and at least tried to make a difference in this world.
We seek to escape from separateness in various ways. We seek conformity, mistaking it for union. This is a soul-crushing way to exist. Or we seek union through orgiastic states — drugs, alcoholism, overwork — or through creative activities. But the ultimate escape from separateness is through interpersonal union.
What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.
Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
I measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her fellow human beings.
I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
KAVITA N. RAMDAS
We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.