Yesterday, I spoke of Mercury Retrograde and Stories…and the one thing I have learned about women’s stories is compassion. Three of my favorite authors in my teens and young adult years were Sylvia Plath, Anne Frank, and Ayn Rand. Very different women, very different stories: one lived in the prison of mental illness, one lived in the prison of the Nazi rule in World War II, and one lived in her own prison rejecting the norms of her day. And yesterday, I witnessed Eugene O’Neill’s LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT sharing the issues of a mother’s longstanding drug addiction, it’s own prison. All about women, all about their stories.
Moving into more current years, Oprah has been an advocate of women’s stories for years. Her current book THE PATH MADE CLEAR is different and is subtitled “Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose”. It is a treasure telling short blurbs about many women and men. I say “About” because they are in the words of the players and talk of purpose and more. That truly is written from the heart; they are their stories in very short form. Elizabeth Gilbert, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Carolyn Myss, Deepak Chopra, Ellen Degeneres, Pema Chodron, Cheryl Strayed, Thomas Moore, Iyanla Vanzant, Joel Osteen, Mitch Albom, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Debbie Ford, Michael Singer, Gary Zukav, Brne Brown, Marianne Williamson, Mindy Kaling, Shonda Rhimes, Eckhart Tolle, Father Richard Rohr, Jon Bon Jovi, Gloria Steinem, Thich Nhat Hahn, Lynne Twist, President Jimmy Carter, Jack Canfield, and more, but all that I have learned their stories through their books and their music. Most are labeled “New Age”, “New Thought”, and “Whoo Whoo”.
And it is new thought, new age…the past several decades have brought some very positive change, but we are now into year three of some very dark times including potential Constitutional challenges. The top percentage of the wealthy are ruling directly or indirectly. The authors I have named above are not Constitution writers, they are writers of life, of optimism, of hope, of kindness, of freedom of the most basic kind. They seek to free many from their own personal prisons. These are the folks who have been capturing the hearts of America for many years–quietly and effectively. They have not been seeking to necessarily capture the hearts of corporate America although many have touched the hearts of corporate America. Be cautious in discounting their reach in Election 2020. Many of us discounted the speaker of MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN in 2016, and it is time to open the “prison” doors of traditional thinking. MAKE AMERICA KIND AGAIN. Start with you, start with your story, each and every person, especially each and every woman. Hate is not working, Love can work! AWE