“Empowerment through Diversity & Support through Inclusivity”
I feel like having a little creative outlet and coloring Pathways’ logo for Women’s International Day, which is March 8th (design created by Redwood Code). Thank goodness I have the help of this wonderful group of women.
In life we need support. We need teams. We are always more effective together. Everyone has their unique set of experiences and skills, and above that, everyone has their own unique way of looking at things; perceptions. Other people can see our blind spots and help us improve. Other people can take something good, and make it great. Pathways’ logo visually signifies the crucial need for that support.
The wings of the butterfly show the faces of women. They are back to back showing support for each other. The butterfly as a whole adds more meaning as it symbolizes transformation; the way a butterfly transforms into glory after passing through different phases of its life cycle and becomes such a beautiful thing. The red [the past] is draped over her and then with the support of other women blossoms into the green butterfly [the FUTURE] emerging from between the women.
To create a world where every woman has the right to live a life that is positive, meaningful, and self-fulfilling. A right to be accepted and respected regardless of race, culture, religion or nationality. A right of access to a group with community support sufficient to achieve personal or collective goals and find happiness, stability, and self-worth.
I was asked, what do I have to be proud of, which initially inspired this article. I have a lot to be proud of but looking a little closer at my life, I really wouldn’t use the word proud. Proud to me is the final feeling of pleasure and satisfaction we have upon completing something; a task done, people cheered, and now we can all go home.
There’s the quote that comes to mind, that says,
“Don’t stop until you are proud of yourself.”
So, in reality, any personal or professional accomplishments just make me feel more determined. It isn’t a feeling of pride. Although, I am very proud of the women that are sharing this journey with me.
I am always trying to push borders, build bridges and change the direction of my life. I am always striving to improve upon myself and create a path for change within the community I live in. It takes just as much effort to open our mouths in a complaint as it does to make even the smallest of actions to change something and allow the momentum to carry it forward. One of my personal quotes is, “Complaints never moved the thorn bush off of the path or road.”
If you want to change yourself, you need to work on yourself. If you want to change the community, you need to work with the community.
Everyone has something that you do not have; whether it is in talent, knowledge, experience, background, disposition or personality. One of the things I find most exciting about this era is the awareness of the necessity of self-love and embracing our individuality.
Our Moto is, “Empowerment through Diversity & Support through Inclusivity.”
We no longer need to carry a banner of shame because of our race or nationality, the color of our skin or size and shape of our bodies, our spiritual beliefs (how we choose to express it through dress or practices or lack thereof). We should always push for a joint effort; a team effort. Community effort will create a movement that will carry universal appeal and a cohesive whole. Just like the quote below:
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller
And the quote by Selene Kinder, The author of Empowering Women Now,
“I wish more women realized that helping another woman win, cheering her on, praying for her, or sharing a resource with her, does not take away from the blessings coming to them. In fact, the more you give, the more you receive. Empowering women doesn’t come from a selfishness but rather from selflessness.” —Selene Kinder