Audre Lorde, a brilliant artist and educator, proudly identified as a Black, Lesbian, womanist warrior. In her book, The Cancer Journals, named after the disease that took her life, she wrote this line:
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
As the new year arrives (at least for Western cultures), many people are planning their resolutions. Lose weight. Stop drinking. Be happier.
Without clear, attainable goals, within weeks these resolutions often become jokes, surface level actions or, worse, self-shaming failures.
What if we took a different approach?
This year, instead of resolving to do something you may actually be dreading, what if instead you set an intention to be powerful. This can look different for each person and is not easy. However, choosing courage instead of fear can lead to drastic life changes. This can look like saying no to someone in your life who does not appreciate you or asking for that raise at work. It can mean wearing that color you love but were told makes you look "too ethnic." Little acts of courage build your strength and enable you to know that you are powerful in all settings.
If you knew you were powerful, what could you achieve?