What A Difference You Can Make

“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.

Poetry Prompt:

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.

One year ago this month, Dancing within Shadow was released on Amazon. Help me celebrate by entering the raffle below and buying one or more of my poetry books. Enter for your chance to win a personal poem written by me and feel good knowing that your purchase is helping not just other women but also yourself. Remember to answer the questions in the comments below.  

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Thank you for helping me celebrate Women’s History Month, Dancing within Shadow’s Book Birthday Bash and the release of Wild Woman Waking!

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4 thoughts on “What A Difference You Can Make

  1. So so so true. You and I have had this conversation, and you said, “why is it so much easier to believe the bad stuff?” and you’re absolutely right. I wish it were the other way around.

    You know what though? It’s people like you (and many others I’m fortunate enough to be friends with) that build women UP instead of tearing them down. You inspire. That’s so important. and the cool thing is, it snowballs. When women are supportive, it pays forward.

    That’s a beautiful thing.

  2. I think that’s such an important quality (and one I forget frequently) – to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and keep going.

    I never used to be that way. It took a lot to stop me because I’d figured out precisely how to just. keep. trudging. But I think I crashed and burned once too often or once too big, and now I keep spinning off.

    The thing is though, and this is really a beautiful thing that I’ve learned – I NEED people. Not necessarily women (though they do tend to be most helpful, and I’ve found more support, solace and guidance in my female friends than I ever thought possible – they’ve quite literally enabled me to make it through the day, or through the next five minutes, at times) but PEOPLE. And when I’m stuck or low, the easiest way out is to surround myself with them, as quickly as possible.

    And yes, you’re hella inspiring 🙂

    • Sometimes it is hard to keep going, to keep moving forward. Sometimes I just want to give up, and then something wonderful happens and keeps me going another hour, another day.

      I have found it difficult to be around people the last few years. It may be because of menopause or it may not. Being around too many people feels like sandpaper on my skin. I know I don’t have any tolerance for superficiality, playing games, or being something I’m not, and unfortunately a lot of people don’t like that. They want me to be quiet and go along with the flow. They don’t want the truth, they want me to smile even when I don’t feel like smiling. So even though I know I need people, and want people in my life, lately it is easier to be by myself. I like my own company the best, but it does get lonely sometimes.

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