“When YOU stop believing one person in the world cannot make a difference; differences in the world will be made.”
― Kellie Elmore
I wonder how many people think they don’t make any difference to anyone in their life? Especially women that are often discounted for what they do in a day. I know I often think no one is listening and no one will care if I suddenly disappear. Yesterday changed that a little, okay a lot. I realized by the comments that were made here and on social media that I really do make a difference with my words; I do inspire people to write poetry.
Yes I have heard comments here and there as such but you know how it is easier to believe the bad stuff like Julia Robert’s character said in Pretty Woman, but it is time to embrace the positive comments and realize I do make a difference and so can you (and probably already do). You don’t have to be Susan B. Anthony or Sojourner Truth or Gloria Steinem to make a difference. After all they were/are just a woman that decided to take a stand in what they believed in and kept putting one foot in front of the other.
Write for at least ten minutes about all the people you have interacted within your life, of course you can’t know how you have affected each and every one of these people but focus on the ones that have said thank you to you for any reason. If they said thank you or some other kind words you have touched their life in a positive way; who knows if in that one moment they turned left instead of right because of your help. Now take one or more of those people, focus on them, sending them love, sending them kindness, sending them gratitude and then write that love onto the page.
Word Prompt: Thank you
Shadow Poetry type: Shape Poetry
All of the poetry types that I suggest are just that, suggestions. My hope is that you will decide to challenge yourself to try new forms of poetry to find new ways to play with your words that you enjoy. If it isn’t fun or challenging in a positive way, move on.
Books to help you be more courageous, to take more risks, and to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.
Women’s Book: Gloria Steinem’s Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
and a second book today – Women Writing for a Change: A Guide for Creative Transformation
Needing inspiration from other great women that have made a difference, check out the website, Distinguished Women of Past and Present.
You and I can help in making sure the women fighting for our rights and not allowing our rights to be taken away again, and continue to help bring equality for all women – I will donate $1.00 for every full priced purchase of my ebooks, Dancing within Shadow and Wild Woman Waking, from the royalties to Feminist.com. Now don’t let that name scare you off. Feminism has been given a bad rap over the years but basically they are there to help women live complete and full lives with all the rights that are entitled to every human being. Check out their website to see more of the wonderful things they do to help women everywhere.
Come back daily to see what poetry prompts, women’s quotes, trivia, resources, and books I will be sharing here and on social media.
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