As we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, we are each called to ask ourselves, "What can I do to celebrate the beauty of difference and use my voice, my strengths, to bring about change in the world?" It is a mighty call to action, one that may seem overwhelming in scope as we go about the hustle and bustle of being women (with ADHD!) in the 21st century. We lose sight of a grand opportunity for fulfillment, however, when we assume that our actions must be all or nothing. Margaret Mead famously said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." So it is with personal change, as well. Never doubt that a small act of courage, thoughtfulness, care, or acceptance has the power to transform, uplift, and heal.
On the heels of MLK day, as our country embarks on another historic transition and 1,200 buses of women travel to Washington to make their voices heard, let us all - regardless of political orientation - celebrate bravery, community, hope, and the beauty of diversity. Let us start where we are, in this very moment, and do what we can to spread the light of kindness - beginning with ourselves. Let us allow ourselves to take up space in the world and fill the dark corners with the light of our voices, our strength, our love. May the beauty of diversity fill your days and may you have the quiet courage speak up, speak out, and speak your truth - as an extra-ordinary woman alive in extra-ordinary times. Here's to 2017!