There are many, many, many things I admire about Eleanor Roosevelt …
For instance, her ability to persevere through a difficult childhood, painful adolescence, and a challenging marriage, which was played out on the world’s stage and emerge like the proverbial caterpillar from her cocoon into a beautiful butterfly, or in Eleanor’s case, a shrewd confident, outspoken woman and political force of nature.
Her efforts to improve the lives and ease the suffering of the disadvantaged, marginalized, and alienated no matter their race, creed, or religion, led to a long list of accomplishments solidifying her place among the most admired women in the world.
She was tough minded, kindhearted, and relentless in her vision for worldwide peace though compassion, collaboration, and common sense, which she believed to be the best course for America, for women and humanity.
And her quotes … So many amazing quotes that inspire, motivate and kick us in the butt, to ensure we live up to our own potential as women, as individuals and as human beings.
But what I truly love most about this ugly duckling turned magnificent swan, is the courage she displayed in taking control of her private and public life and seizing opportunities that furthered her own goals and the goals of the women of her time.
She believed, it was her responsibility as a woman to raise her voice and use her position of influence to make the world a better place. And when she came into her own power as a state’s woman, politician, and humanitarian, she had no qualms about taking charge and telling it like it was.
Eleanor ushered in an age of awakening for women to believe in themselves as leaders in their homes and careers, in social activism and reform, and in domestic and international politics.
And she reminds us, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
Wise words spoken by a wise woman. Sisters, I strongly suggest we take them to heart!
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady to the world, is the BrightLighter who emboldens us, to step up … take the lead … and create the life and the world we aspire to live in.