When did you really last sit down in between juggling your career, reading your childâ€™s report, checking in on your neighbor, taking the dog for a walk, filling in your tax returns, renewing your car insurance, arranging your student finance and actually congratulate yourself with a big pat on the back for being just about incredible. Yes, the Myth of the Urban Woman is alive and sheâ€™s appropriately breathing fire in the Chinese Year of The Dragon.
According to author Laura (Riding) Jackson in her piece The Word â€˜Womanâ€™:
â€œWoman is the universal character. She is the balance point of various being and the crucial law of preparation in an increasingly complex world.â€
Our experiences within and without are direct â€˜proofâ€™ of where we are in our individual personal and cultural journeys. These journeys can be viewed as action performances or a social/spiritual drama if you like. And like all good dramas and plays they rely on a set of instructions, characters and props to empower and illuminate them. Thanks to womenâ€™s natural talents the Myth of the Urban wise woman is no longer a legend but a reality. Wise women abound in this century like never before and are more than an able match to those who would attempt to influence and curb her natural instincts and countless talents.
As well as mental strength, modern woman possesses a playful spirit and a heightened capacity to know what is naturally good for her. She will not tolerate being infantalised with baby talk and simply being treated as property or a trophy being hunted for her beautiful hide! She can smell out social exploitation a mile off and has her solicitor’s number readily stored on speed dial in her cell phone along with that of her personal trainer, plumber and accountant. She refuses to walk around with narrowed rose tinted vision and live in a Prozac induced daydream living on yesterdayâ€™s memories counting calories. Rather she enjoys each day for itself in its truest sense knowing what her Soul needs in order to really thrive.
The modern woman easily manifests her inner thoughts, impulses and ideas with integrity. This ability to act with emotional intelligence is what empowers her and allows her to live in the moment both intuitively and logically. As such, she is constantly moving forward and is able:-
To FOREGO – leave alone and concentrate on her own life
To FORBEAR – to abstain from punishing and love herself
To FORGET – to avert from memory and visualize the future
To FORGIVE – to abandon the debt and be big hearted
As Urban Woman she can establish her own territory, be in touch with her own body with certainty, speak and act on her own behalf and live with dignity and consciousness. After all she does have the ability:-
To ANALYZE – appreciate specifics and act accordingly
To ASSESS – recognize risks and manage them properly
To CONTRAST – make right choices that benefit her
To CONSIDER – demonstrate her knowledge effectively
Well done andÂ VIVA â€˜Urban Women’ everywhere!
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