It Is Time For Women
June 6, 2021

I watched a grandmother pick up her granddaughter from the nursery the other day. The two of them were laughing and chatting together, lost in a bubble of connection. As I watched I felt a surge of kindred spirit. This grandmother, who was doing the most ordinary thing in the world, was actually representing something I’m seeing more clearly than ever. She was representing the powerful, unseen, supportive energy of older women.

It reminded me of the question I’ve been asking myself recently.

Where would our communities be without women?

Over the past year I’ve grown more grateful for the older women in our community.

I’ve been on dozens of Zoom meetings for our community wellbeing work. The majority of people staring back at me on the computer screen are women. They are the ones participating in voluntary and community work

These are kind-hearted, hard-working souls that provide the glue that binds communities together. They are often unseen; they are often middle-aged or retired and they don’t make a song and dance of what they’re up to. They are running groups, co-ordinating activities and providing a space for others to gather and connect.

I’m getting older now. As I move through middle-age I’ve noticed a powerful energy that arises in me. It is an energy that draws me towards supporting healthy and nourishing communities.

I am at a wonderfully liberating time of life. I no longer feel the drive to succeed or the need to compete. Instead, I experience a sense of collaboration, bringing people together and unleashing the creative, untapped potential in the world.

In the past women have been raised to be submissive and compliant. They have been encouraged to mute their voices and to overlook their needs, to put others first. Those days of silent, unseen women have now passed. We need to hear and feel the voices and energy of women in our world.

When I think of the women, I think of the graceful herd of Dartmoor ponies that I meet on my daily moorland walks; they are beautiful and powerful; they are watchful and observant. Their energy is graceful and understated. This is what the world needs right now.

I want to encourage women to step forward and connect with their community. We need your presence more than ever.

I also want to say a massive thank you to those women in our communities who often don’t seek acknowledgement but who stand up and make a difference. I’m not sure where we would be without you.

If you’re interested to support the community, then please get hold of me. The world needs people like you!

info@innercompassguide.com

4 Comments

  1. Susan Harper

    Well said Liz

    I live on Vancouver island in British Columbia. Canadians seem not to have much fight and resistance and yet they are suffering under this prolonged lockdown. I really wish I could something to inspire and to support this community – to bring them back together again

    Reply
    • Liz Scott

      Susan I’d love to hear of what you’re inspired to do in your community. I bet you’ll make a difference

      Reply
  2. Mary Hughes

    So good to keep on impressing this point as gently as you do, Liz. Gentle drip, drip; like rain into a stream. Women have a traditional power of endurance, through all kinds of difficulty and impossibility, loss and ill treatment. I have often wondered whether we might not value this as much as it is worth because I also wonder whether endurance is what actually breeds, is a condition of, real compassion – the act of joining in with the suffering of others.

    Reply
    • Liz Scott

      Beautifully said Mary – thank you

      Reply

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