The Beauty of Empowering Others
There is a blessing in helping other women reach their goals and dreams. When someone sets goals that are important to them and don’t know where to turn to for help in reaching those dreams, they die. Imagine the confidence level of that person. A woman needs to have a high confidence level to set herself up to do anything she puts her mind to. It takes confidence as high as the tallest trees in the United States. As a young girl, I had this idea that I wanted to be a big and important person. Some of my friends wanted to be a teacher, others a dancer, and me, I wanted to be a Fashion Designer. Well, my desire only lasted until my second year of college. After that goal did not last, I had another goal of being a physical therapist. My dream was not nurtured but smashed by a college faculty advisor. A college advisor is a person who students meet with to get advice from about their academic program. This person is required to give the student the best information available. An academic Advisor is like a high school counselor that you would meet to discuss your dreams of going to college and getting a great job. You would spend a great amount of time with your college advisor. This was an opportunity where I should have been empowered to reach my goal of becoming a physical therapist. This is one of the points that I’m trying to get across to you. People should look for opportunities to make a difference in the life of someone else. The things you do can make a difference in whether or not a person’s dream comes true or crushed. This was a lost opportunity, and sometimes that person may never get that chance again. No woman in my family had ever talked about goals or dreams that I can remember. That’s what I mean when I say if you have no one directly near you to tell you about goals, it does not just come naturally to you. After living life for some years, I realized that other women came into my life and made it possible for me to begin thinking of new goals. When I began going places and traveling and meeting people who were educated or had an interest in lifting me, things changed.
There is so much beauty in helping others until I know that God ordained it all by himself. The amazing thing about helping others, it causes you to appreciate and be thankful for what you already have. It can also give you a sense of renewal-to get back to feeling like yourself because life can make you feel down sometimes. I know it may sound crazy but, helping others can help you live longer. When you help others, your body releases the hormone that creates harmony. Just think about that for a moment. It’s beautiful to live longer by giving a woman a hand up, not a handout. There is a big difference between the two. When you volunteer in any capacity, regardless of where it is, and there are people all around you, altruism is contagious- a ripple effect. I have volunteered for (The Family Place organization a place that empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence) and just knowing that I was a part of the healing of women and children made me feel like I was impacting their lives in a way that mattered. Others see the good that you are doing, and they want to join in. Most of the time when I did any volunteer work, I had my four little children with me. Yes, all four grew up and today they are volunteering at places they like and what matters to them. I would tell all my girlfriends that I was going to this food bank in Plano, TX and I looked again, I had everybody at the food bank, or the women shelter, and everybody was having a good time. This work is inspiring and heart racing to see in action, even just one time will do. As I volunteered as a woman in many places for women, I have made friendships and they became strong friendships where both parties contributed to keeping a mutually beneficial relationship going. I began to feel like I could take on the world, and that is such a great feeling.
In the process of empowering women, I feel a sense of belonging. Each time I support, volunteer and share my gifts with another woman; I feel that I am exactly where I should be. I get a sense of purpose and satisfaction from knowing that I have helped someone reach their dreams and goals and you can too. A dream is a part of a person’s life that cannot be separated. People’s dreams are real, and some do come true. Have you ever heard of Joseph in the bible and how he dreamed that he would someday rule over his brothers and they hated him when he shared his dream with them?
Dreams are as significant and strong as Joseph’s in the bible. Dreams give specific instructions and can warn of danger too. As in this situation, Joseph was hated for his dream, but it didn’t stop him from dreaming. This should be a lesson to all of us. Not everybody can accept your dream, and it’s not for everyone to understand. Don’t let others stop you from dreaming. Joseph’s dream came true. He dreamed that his mother, father, and brothers would bow down in front of him (Genesis 37: 1-11) BibleView.org.
You must chase your dream no matter what it is. Women should pay attention to the details of your dreams. Write down the details of your powerful dream in a journal book that you can refer to them later. There are many lessons I have learned from my dreams, but the most important lesson is all dreams are from God. I am the only one who can tell others about my dreams. No one else can experience the beauty of my dreams, but me. The bigger the dream, the bigger the experience. Small dreams never got me anywhere. I had to fight for
my dreams to make them come true. Dreams are beautiful and lovely. Dreams opened up a new world for me. One of my biggest dreams is to be able to empower thousands of women all over the world. Another dream of mine is to win the noble prize for helping others.
I’ve talked about dreams and the beauty of empowering women because it is just that. Beauty and empowerment are related because it’s the quality present in a person that gives intense pleasure and satisfaction to the mind, body, and spirit from making a difference in the life of another woman. This comes out when I go and help other women reach their financial fulfillment so that she can purchase a home or save enough money to put her child through four years of college. Another example is how I feel when I help a woman who has been in the workforce for forty years who has never attended college before; earn a degree which will elevate her and give her options to either stay at the current job or look for a better one. I have assisted young women in college who was able to get scholarships and receive an internship at companies like Disney and Amazon. The amazing beauty in the satisfaction from knowing that I had a part in helping her get to that next level is a great feeling in my mind and spirit.
My love for people, in general, is what I think about when I look for ways to go all out for women.We are special creatures and when we are provided with what we need to flourish, I love seeing the beauty that comes from our hard work. If you are a woman reading this book and understand how it feels to help your sister, aunt, goddaughter, granddaughter or girlfriend; you know how it feels to be a part of millions of other women. My eyes open wide when I think about empowering women who I’ve never met or been in another country making a difference in the lives of women of many different cultures. I have always wanted to travel the world and meet women in other foreign countries and hear their stories. There is beauty in knowing that it’s amazing when women come together to make a difference in many different ways. I’m on a mission to meet and dramatically impact every woman with the strength in me. When I put my strength against any force that comes towards me, I know I will be changing the world in a big way. I’m talking about mountain moving changes. Close your eyes and imagine the beauty of the mountains in Washington State or Colorado, or even Iceland. I am not only interested in changing the world where women gain additional rights but also women, in turn, helping others with a domino effect.
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