We are currently hearing a lot of very moving and powerful women’s stories. Women are telling their stories and being believed. They’re taking a stand against the misuse of power that has been going on for centuries.
I wasn’t very old when I became aware of the Voice, the one that says, “Stay down, stay safe, stay quiet.” I didn’t know then where that voice came from or how deeply it was ingrained in our culture for girls.
When I was nine years old, two older kids from my school held me down in a ditch. I felt shame because I didn’t fight back. My teacher told my mom, “Katherine doesn’t stand up for herself.”
We need to tell these stories because telling them helps to free us from the inner voice that keeps us silent, makes us shrink to fit someone else’s picture of us, keeps us from standing up and being heard.
From the Dalai Lama, “The planet does not need more successful people. It needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers and storytellers.”
Telling stories is healing so let’s share our stories with each other and create heaven on earth.
Just for the hell of it.
We Need More Powerful Stories
You have a story waiting to be told, and here’s how to find it.
- Look for the time in your life that was the most difficult and painful.
- Find the catalyst because I guarantee there is one.
- See where the mask slipped and you saw who you really are.
- Describe the transformation that happened as a result.
- Move from being the victim to empowering yourself to be your best.
That’s the core of your story.
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There is an emotional risk to tell your story because it feels vulnerable.
You will be going against our current cultural paradigm.
The Patriarchy Loves Shrinking Violets Not Empowering Stories
Our patriarchal culture says less personal, less emotional, less open, more rational, more reasoned. It says masculine energy yes, feminine energy no.
You don’t have to look further than our visible women leaders who have sacrificed their feminine to be in their position.
Bit by bit as we stand up and speak up, our stories of personal transformation can shift that paradigm. That’s why the world needs your story.
For many years I belonged to a mastermind group with four other women entrepreneurs. Each month we’d have a conference call to brainstorm and problem solve and share ideas.
My comments on the calls indicated I saw my business as a vehicle for personal and spiritual growth.
Often my words would drop into the conversation like a lead balloon and result in a deafening silence.
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Two of the women eventually left because they felt they were no longer benefiting from the group. It was only when they left that the three of us remaining discovered how much we’d all been holding back our more personal stories.
We were afraid of the thud.
We were afraid of revealing too much.
Even in a group of all women.
As you tell your story, you will likely hear a few thuds. There may be ears not yet ready to hear but I can understand why.
What They’re Really Saying
They’re saying if you’ll just stay a shrinking violet, if you’ll just be normal, if you will just be quiet, I’ll feel better about myself.
That’s really all anyone wants – to feel better.
But making other people feel better is not my responsibility and it’s not yours either.
Our responsibility as story tellers is to let all of who we are out into the world, open our hearts, muster all the courage and vulnerability we can, share our gifts and let life express through us.
If just one person hears your story and has an insight that sets them on a path of deeper understanding and transformation, it’s worth it.
Right now, the world needs brave women to tell their stories.
The world needs your story so go forth, woman, and tell it.