Focusing On The Positive Past to Create Your Positive Future
However, if we focus on purely the negative side of women’s history (including present injustices) there is a danger that we began to see women, and therefore ourselves, as only victims and by defining ourselves this way we do women/ ourselves a huge mis-service. Not only can we mis-judge our collective history this way but it makes it even harder to create a different future as we have no role models in whose footsteps we can follow.
In order to create an abundant life we need to acknowledge the oppression but at the same time step away from being a victim to allow ourselves to build a new future and to create a different legacy for future generations. By focusing on the powerful woman who succeeded in achieving great things it provides a framework of strength and success. It shows us what each one of us is capable of and how possible it is to change our own lives and to leave a positive legacy for future generations.
Find yourself role models, both from history and the present day. Celebrate their achievements and acknowledge the societal background that they were active in. If you’re struggling to see past the negativity surrounding women’s history then spend time googling, head to the library or ask your family members.
Educate yourself about women from different eras, from different parts of the world, from times of peace and war, women who were leaders, poets, philanthropists, politicians, law makers, spies, heroes and everyday women from your family or your community who did bold, brave things and who made a difference to their own life, the lives of their family and to wider society. Remember that all people, from history or present day, are all products of their time. They will not be flawless, they will not be perfect – understanding this, acknowledging their failings and shortcomings as well as their achievements, will help you to create greatness (however you define that) in your life, without getting stalled waiting for everything to be perfect.