I love s words. Ssssssssssss. Especially this one.
May all young girls grow up to be sassy women. Don’t take no stuff. May they not let anyone put them down or define them in words that aren’t their own words. I don’t care who they might be. Father. Husband. Mother. Sister. Boss. Minister or priest. Girlfriends.
Sassy. Sometimes it takes decades to get to that place of courage. But get there, prayerfully, we will. Easter is coming. It’s a time of rebirth. Let us as people, and especially as women, be reborn to the magnificence of the light within us.
I’ve always loved Easter because of the powerful theme of rebirth. It means we have the chance to begin anew. We can armor ourselves (I know…it’s an aggressive word) in the truth of rebirth. We can honor ourselves with rebirth. Rebirth is our protection and our weapon because it holds the magic and power of our personal strength.
Dang. What, you may be asking, set her off this time?
If you have happened across this blog for any length of time, you know that I can get pretty passionate about things that inspire self-respect and inner strength. Today, my passion lies in the insistence that young girls grow up confident in their ability to hold their own in all things. Being sassy is not an easy path.
Sassy. I define myself for myself. No one else defines me. No matter what words they use. No matter who they are.
Not too long ago, I was sitting in a group of women. We were a multi-cultural group of varying ages. A young woman and mother stated that she was feeling pushed to go into a career that she didn’t like because of the money she would make. She wanted an artistic career. She wanted to explore her options. All of a sudden, some of the women — women who had crushed their own dreams and desires — were all over this girl, blabbering all the things we have heard all of our lives. Be practical. There’s no money in the arts. Make a living. And..did I already say this? — be practical. I saw the light of doubt flicker in her eyes, and I thought of all the times I chose practicality over my heart.
Well. Folks who know me know that when it comes to women’s dreams, I’m going to go on the aggressive. And I was all over these folks like white on rice as I defended her right to decide for herself how she would make a living, and explained lovingly — to her directly — that only she could decide, but that she had the right to her dream. She had family support. Why not?
The women reminded me of too many misery filled women of my generation who made the wrong choices, and now want others to swim in the waters they’re drowning in. In the end, my message is: Young women, define your selves, and, if you are aware, do not make choices out of fear.
Women. We, too often, say yes when we mean no. We become afraid of being alone and think that alone means lonely. Women. We, too often, play coy and lead people to the belief that they have to take care of us and that we are willing to go along when — really — we are not willing to go along. Women. We may tell someone that she looks just great when she has spinach in her teeth. Where do we learn these passive aggressive behaviors? Sad to say, but it’s often from other women. Our inability to stand in the truth of our own strength leaves us feeling like limp celery in the important areas of our lives. We just won’t call back rather than saying “don’t talk to me that way.”
A friend showed me a trick the other day . Cut off the bottom of a piece of limp celery, and stick that thing in a glass of water. It firms up again. Rebirth.
I know. Men have issues, too. But in so many ways, society has given them a foot ahead of the starting line. No one — no exceptions — can define a person better than that person herself. We are as we see ourselves to be.
Be Sassy. Tell the truth. Be sexy. Be creative. Be talented. Be all that we can be. God put that energy inside of us. S/he placed those desires within. S/he doesn’t intend for the fire to be put out.
Use the s word. Sassy. Sassy begins with an S. Rebirth begins with an R. S follows R in the dictionary. Be Reborn. Be Sassy. Have a glorious rebirth and a magnificent spring!