With every New Year comes the inevitable self-imposed tasks and goals that we hope to accomplish in the coming months. For the most part, they’re tangible goals: lose weight, start school, eat clean. They are goals that measure success and failure, but what about growth?
A more profound challenge, perhaps, are the goals that don’t come with a checkbox on a to-do list, because we’re never quite done with them. Resolutions to consistently put self-love, gratitude, happiness, and strength of spirit in the forefront of everything we do for the year are tall tasks when compared to the simplicity of “read one book a month”, but how much more growth will we have experienced when the ball drops the next time around?
In celebration of what we’re sure will be a dynamic year of growth and opportunity for all of our customers and followers, we’re sharing these powerful and inspirational words, recited from a poem which was written and published by Patricia Lynn Reilly.
Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.
Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.
Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past's influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.
Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.
Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.
Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.
Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
Imagine yourself as this woman.
- Patricia Lynn Reilly, 1995