Women Making a Difference – a retrospective look
Who comes to mind for women from history that made a profound, positive impact in their world, the world?
Some possibilities: Susan B Anthony, Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Ann Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Diana, Emily Carr, Nellie McClung, Maya Angelou, … there are many more.
How about closer to home? A special grandparent, relative, friend of the family?
Sometimes we look wide and far for people we remember that made a profound impact. Sometimes these people were or are right in front of us in our memories. To share an example, I was very privileged to have two wonderful grandmothers, each role models in their own way. One was what her family called ‘a miracle’, rising above trying circumstances having been raised in poverty and with nevertheless a very positive attitude. She was strong in herself, the capable mother of 8 children, the wife and avid supporter of a farmer and politician who was instrumental in bringing Medicare to Saskatchewan, a teacher (before having children), a Sunday school teacher, a teacher of Swedish, a quilter extraordinaire, and the first woman account manager at a credit union in which she had a notably higher collection rate than those before her created by working with farmers to get their payments in as they could … a bit here, a bit there. She was loving, warm, and open-hearted and, at the same time, strong, smart, and a force to be reckoned with for good. She made a very positive and profound impact on those her life touched – her family, siblings, relatives, friends, neighbours, and community. She has left a strong legacy.
We each have the power to make a profound impact on the lives of others. One way we can learn about living in this way is by gleaning ideas from those who have gone before us. Some learnings:
1. Stay true to who you are and what you believe in
2. Be on purpose with meaning and determination
3. Act on what you know to be true
4. Engage and be generous with others
5. Listen to and uplift others
6. Keep a Bird’s Eye View and see the journey as the goal
7. Maintain your optimism
8. Have a plan and be persistent
9. Continue to learn and challenge yourself
10. Know you count – you make more of an impact than you may realize and you have the power to make this world a better place, one step at a time
I would love to hear of the positively impactful women in your life history and what it is was that you have learned from them.
What more profound, positive impact do you want to make in your life, your world, the world?
Jamie Davidoff, BComm, Professional Certified Coach
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