This week I became aware of how grateful I am to the female writers around the world. Whether you are writing a blog to help Moms stay positive, or sharing $10 tips to help you become more mindful, women’s voices can be heard everywhere.I read you and I love listening to your advice.
I want to give a shout out to two great influencers in my literary world –one that left this world and one who was born on this day. I’d love to hear from you about yours…
One of the literary greats, Ursula Le Guin transitioned out of this world Tuesday. Known mostly for her works of fantasy and science fiction, she also authored children’s books, short stories, poetry, and essays.
Coincidentally, I am right in the middle of her most recent published essays: No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters. I love this book because she shares what she feels about the world, about this moment and about aging – and she drops us down to a deeper place of thinking about this time and the urgency of it with her insightful and broad wisdom.
Today is also the birthday of Virginia Woolf, one of the central subjects of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism. I devoured her works and applauded her voice in “inspiring feminism“, an aspect of her writing that was not acknowledged earlier. Her books are still widely read all over the world. She suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life and took her own life by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.
“As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
This is our world, and this past weekend while marching beside thousands of other women and men, I was so proud of the women who are showing up to tell the truth, and of our brothers standing up for what is right.
This is a time of huge upheaval in all parts of our experience in this world. With big upheaval comes the opportunity to step in and make big changes in your environment. I encourage you to pick up and read something in a genre that is unfamiliar to you, perhaps some of the early works of either of the women I mentioned.
Or, better yet, write something of your own. Stand up, shout out and let your own creative genius voice be heard. Your voice might be that one to make a difference to someone, somewhere who needs to hear that their life matters. Because it does.