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Treasure: James Bond, Judi Dench, and Daniel Craig do feminism

I get into this debate a lot. Heck, my first real post here was about feminism. Don’t tell me that there is no longer a need for feminism. Don’t tell me that it’s old news. Don’t tell me that women’s rights aren’t a pressing issue.

Don’t tell me that woman and men are treated as equals on this planet.

We’re not…yet.

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Conundrum – How do you make decisions?

How do you make decisions?

Are you a rational? Do you line up pros and cons, give each a relative weight, then add and subtract until you find the answer that ‘makes sense’?

Are you an intuitive? Do you listen to what your gut is telling you, reading signals like excitement, fear, anxiety, butterflies, desire, and then choose the answer that fits best with how you feel?

Do you combine both methods, checking in with your emotions and then running through your intellectual options? Perhaps on any given occasion one part of you speaks more loudly than the other, and that also forms part of your process.

The thing is, I don’t think I trust myself to make good decisions. When I look back over the major decisions that I have made in my life so far, it’s pretty clear to me that, in fact, it wasn’t me who made most of them anyways. I can point to situation after situation where I allowed my decisions to be made for me, and a whole lot of them turned out pretty badly.

Somehow, then, I have taken this to mean that I can’t trust myself to make good decisions, even though most of these terrible ones were based on only one decision: my decision to allow someone else to make the decision for me, and then not to make a change when I realized it was the wrong decision.

My family is a family of rationals. Everything is rationalized, intellectualized, everything is pro and con. There seems to be little room for what your emotion says because, in their eyes, emotion must be subdued by the rational. I have slowly over recent years started to figure out that that equation just doesn’t work for me. Yet those of you who know me well know just how easily and frequently I have deferred my own right to choose to my mother’s ‘rational opinion’.

So how to change, when I have consistently allowed the voices of others to drown out my own? How to change, when my first instinct is to ask everyone else what they think, and find myself swayed utterly and completely by their opinions?

Maybe I just need to get in there and do it. Maybe the only way to get better at decision making is to start letting myself make decisions, myself. To let go of the paralyzing fear of making the wrong decision in favour of realizing that this is all part of the learning process: sure, it might be the wrong decision, but at least it was my decision.

This, then, is part of a bigger issue that I have been starting to tackle, and one that I am discovering is pervasive throughout every aspect of my life: learning to trust in myself. Problem is, I’ve so often let others drown-out my own voice that today I’m not sure what she’s trying to say to me…

What about you?

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Thoughts for Thursdays – Henry Adams

“No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”
(Henry Adams)

Words are  humanity’s greatest tool for communication, and yet its most deceitful and difficult to control. What one writes one way, or says one way, can be changed by something as simple as emphasis. Consider the sentence “I didn’t take your money” and how its meaning can be changed so simply:

I didn’t take your money (…but someone else did…and I might even know who!).

I didn’t take your money (…an emphatic denial of my guilt).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did borrow it).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did take Susie’s…).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did steal your pen).

I learned early on that words are tools: just the right words strung together at just the right moment, with the right rhythm, can create emotion. Isn’t that wonderful? That words, just words, pieced together, can create human emotion? Words can have rhythm and pulse. They can create laughter, cause heartache, incite faith. And yet…and yet, how often do we find that words fail us? Or how often do we find ourselves waffling on and on in an attempt to convey what we’re really feeling and thinking?

And how many times have you been in an argument where you suddenly realize that the wrong words have rolled off your tongue, hurtful words that are miles away from what you really feel and yet slice straight at the heart of someone you love? How many times have you had to explain that “I didn’t mean what I said and I don’t know how to say what I mean”?

We’ve all been there. And that’s why I love quotes. I mean, it’s like a freebie! Someone out there has already said, eloquently and memorably, the very emotion/fact of life/truth that you may have been struggling to put your finger on!

So I am launching my Thoughts for Thursdays as a time when I get to share with you my most favourite quotes. So pull up a chair, have a listen in to why I love them, what I think they’re saying, and why I think they’re important. Maybe you’ll find one that says, just perfectly, something that you too have been trying to capture.

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