HERSTORY

The voices of women are raising in an alarming quantity. Women poets. Women musicians. Women speakers. Women teachers. Women with messages that must be heard are stepping in the limelight beautifully.

For centuries, it’s been “a man’s world”. The tide is changing and the voices of women are rising with a message of harmony, sanity and peace. Violence by hand, gun, chemical, pure neglect is diminishing. We are happy people on Earth, again.

According to Herstory, things are as we make them. We make them peaceful. We make them harmonious. We make things from abundance that surrounds us. We are co-Creators with the Universe. It is ours to create within. We create happiness and peace.

Reframing His-story

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I Intend

An email I received advised me to put my intentions for my life in words. This is my response:

  • I intend to live my life in peace and comfort with no barriers to wisdom and abundance.
  • I want to live like this to be happy and an example to everyone who knows me because my purpose is to bring joy to and out of others.
  • I trust that my Higher Self is guiding me to act and say all that will bring me the best in my life so that I may be a beacon for others.
  • All challenges are lessons that I need to learn and reflect on.
  • I celebrate all of my successes and achievements with regard to personal accomplishments that will increase the opportunities and wealth of my family and friends.
  • I appreciate everything the Universe has lain at my doorstep and accept all future gifts of Spirit.

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Learning Non-violence

Tai-Chi-Meditation-Form2At an early age, I learned to be non-violent.

I learned to walk away rather than strike back.

How did I learn to be non-violent?

Through violent marriages and four divorces, I learned that peaceful separation is the antidote to toxic relationships.

Divorce became like what I believe Tai Chi exhibits – pushing past negative energy with the least resistance.

Listen to my song “Moving Song” (1977)

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Cruising Crew

There are few words to describe how I feel after performing on a month-long cruise to the Caribbean countries of the Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, and Mexico, from October 12 to November 9.  Of course, the scenery throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean is beautiful. We had few really bad days of weather. Most of the time the sun glistened on the water and the sunsets were breathtaking.

However, the underbelly of the trip was the hard-working crew that got NO days off during their months of contracts and worked 10-hour days. Often, I could feel the tiredness of people walking down the long halls. I even felt their fatigue in the food we ate. My own experience of stress stemmed from the tight quarters in which we were forced to live. The first week, I had to climb up into a top berth that set off alarms in my body that I certainly had not experienced in decades.

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How people live like this for months on end, I will never comprehend. The upside is that I squeaked enough to get my own room for the remaining three weeks, with the bottom berth and no roommate. Still, bathing in the tiny shower was uncomfortable. Then, I learned that the lead singers in the Broadway productions had double beds in rooms with a porthole. I’m saying to myself, “How do I, at 66, end up on deck 1, in a jail cell, when I’m entertaining hundreds of people in the Jazz room on the largest cruise ship in the world?”

“They love you!” exclaimed my agent.  “Well, they need to show it,” I replied. And that’s where I’ll stand from here on out. No agent or anyone else will get me to pack a bag and leave the comfort of my home without sufficient pay and accommodations ever again. Cruising may look glamorous but the adage, “All that glitters is not gold” certainly fits this experience.

During the first week, when my 26-year-old roommate from Macedonia slept in the bottom berth, while I climbed up on top, painfully and tearfully, several times, I awoke to go to the bathroom around 6:30 a.m. and just got dressed and removed myself to Deck 17, where I slept in the lounge, until breakfast around 10 a.m. Only when I told the young woman who arranged sleeping quarters this did she find a room for me. It’s funny how young people have no understanding of what being 60+ really means. When we speak of “the comforts of home,” space is definitely the place.

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Also, how companies expect seasoned entertainers to perform for hordes of guests without the proper rest and hygiene, I’ll never understand. So, here’s what I learned – “No” applies to signing contracts that put me in uncomfortable circumstances. Period!

“No” is the best word in any language. It gives you leverage. It expresses disdain. It is a powerful statement that I intend to exercise every time I have the slightest indication that I might be put in a precarious situation. “NO!”

Alternate sleeping quarters

Alternate sleeping quarters

Warning to Black Men and Women

Did no one think to COMMUNICATE with John Crawford III before shooting him to death?
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YOUR LIFE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
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The system was not designed to be fair. It was designed to keep people like him rich at the expense of people like her. It is now time to WAKE UP and re-imagine another scenario for yourself and others that do not appear to be progressing. You were created for a purpose and it has nothing to do with the purpose of people like HIM, unless you allow it to be about his purpose instead of YOURS. Entrepreneurship is the only solution being underpaid by a corporation that doesn’t value you enough to provide you with benefits for your family. YOU are responsible for your life. Not HIM or THEM or Me. No, YOU must take life by the reins and steer your carriage in the direction of purpose, position, progress, and persistence.

Double Meanings

words (1)When a friend warned me about these two words, I was truly shaken because people say them all the time, while not understanding the OTHER meaning for them:

Bless – to condemn or curse (Source). Only yesterday, I was asked how I AM and my response was “I AM Blessed!” Then, a man walked into the same store and his response was the same. Are we, in fact, saying “I AM Cursed?” If so, I will refrain from using this term in the future and say, instead, “I AM Happy!” or “I AM LOVE!”

Nice – late 13c., “foolish, stupid, senseless,” from O.Fr. nice “silly, foolish,” from L.nescius “ignorant,” lit. “not-knowing,” from ne- “not” (see un -) + stem ofscire “to know.” (Source) I have always said, “Never accuse me of being NICE!” Now, I understand why I have this sentiment about this word. I would prefer someone say about me, “She is loving.” or “She is sweet.”

Use your words wisely!

 

How I Got To “No”!

How I Got To “No”!

©2014 Joan Cartwright

Miles and miles of people tugging at my nap

Saying how they need me, climbing in my lap

Figuring what I owe them, adding up their scores

Voicing their opinion about me and my chores

All these lonely people, living out their lies

Wishing they could be me, while they gloat and spy

Trying to forget them and their deceitful ploys

Waking to their sorrow and their constant noise

This is how I got here at this point of glow

This is just my story of how I got to “No”!