Sunday Reflections: Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation - either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
In celebration of this magnificent human being, we chose this offering from Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, and every day forward, we must choose to “transform the suffering into a creative force”; our personal sufferings great and small, the sufferings of our loved ones, the sufferings of this precious nation and the sufferings around the world. We have to seek transformation. Especially for those in our communities whose voices are not being heard. Our collective energies can make change.
There was a time I used to think that my voice wasn’t good enough to inspire and create change. I felt guilty that I wasn't doing enough outreach or making enough empowered noise as the women around me were. I told myself I wasn't smart enough, powerful enough to have any business using my voice to create change. These beliefs used to keep me quiet and allowed me to dim my light and power.
I am proud to say that I have worked very hard at setting my HER free. I have embraced the fears deep within me that prevent me from believing in my voice. It is a daily practice.
The love for my two children put a lot of this work into motion for me. Being a mom is the biggest job I have been given. The guidance, attention, spirit, and love that I pour into my family reminds me I need to work hard at shining my light and using my voice. I have a tiny audience and a huge responsibility to my children to show them what really living my purpose looks like. Especially when I feel afraid.
We each have our own unique ways to inspire the change we want to see in the world. Emaya is a big part of that for Michaela and I. We are committed to inspiring women in our circle to find their individual voice, purpose and power so they can make their unique mark on the world! This in turn inspires the women in their life to do the same. A beautiful ripple effect of change takes place and it all begins with being authentic and courageous!
Our Emaya Circle is safe and open armed community. Our intention is to love, learn from and include all women. No matter what the color of your skin is, who you love, if you have children or never will, or what stage of life you are moving through, our circle welcomes you. We are ready to learn all about you and fight for your voices to be heard. Change is here, friends. How will you use your creative force to see that we make this world better every day?
Connie and Michaela