I remember a few years ago, when I still was living in London, England, waking up after one of the most violent thunderstorms I could ever remember. To my consternation, I found my little garden was more swamp than lawn. The bedding plants I had put in only a few days before had been crushed under the sheer weight of the rain.
At the time I was upset - gardening is not one of my strengths! As I’d planted those flowers, I’d pictured how beautiful the garden would look that summer. I was certain that I’d be lucky to swim across the mud by June, let alone enjoy the colors and smells of all my horticultural hard work.
How wrong I was. That summer the garden never looked more inviting. The lawn was pure green, and the plants and flowers were blooming in all their glory. It seemed as though the storm had been needed to energize and feed my little patch of garden. The results of that surge of power were visible for all to see.
Every morning now, when I snatch five minutes to check the news headlines, I can’t help feeling that we are in the middle of another storm. But this one is global, and will have far-reaching results.
It seems as though something momentous is going on out there, and it feels like it is unstoppable.
In my mind it started with the floods in Australia. Then, as if the forces of nature had set off a chain reaction, there were the protests in Egypt and Libya. On top of that, Christchurch endured its second earthquake in just six months with devastating results.
Throughout each of these monumental events, there have been acts of violence and destruction that have brought me to tears. But there have also been displays of bravery that have inspired me.
As people all over the world fight for their homes, their families, their rights and their beliefs, I tell myself that, out of this world-wide storm and the amazing heroism it has evoked, beauty and wonders will come.
It is this belief in people’s innate heroism and passion that inspired me to create a program called The Heroine's Quest. In this world of change, whether economic, political or social, women are as great a force to be reckoned with as men have been over the last millennia. Women want to change the world and know they have the power to do so.
Yet, at the same time, the challenges facing women have never been greater. Today we are no longer just time-poor, we are time-impoverished. While power-suited and booted on the one hand, we hold a diaper bag and grocery list on the other!
Mother or Manager, Wife or Wonder-woman, Princess or Political Activist? The choice is difficult, but should a woman even have to choose?
The Heroine's Quest program launches online on Monday, February 28, 2011. This is a Virtual Community where like-minded and like-hearted women from all walks of life and anywhere in the world, can connect. More importantly, they can find their inner heroine, as well as the strength to announce it to the world, and thus make changes in their lives and the lives of others.
Discover more about The Heroine’s Quest and join!