KRISTINA'S WEEKLY EMAIL OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING ESSAYS & VIDEOS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO YOURSELF ON THIS JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
A NOTE FROM KRISTINA:
Greetings!

As you probably know, today is International Women's Day . What you might not realize is that this is a fairly recent phenomenon in the United States, even though it's been celebrated in many countries for years. You also might know I am the founder of The Women's Mosaic , a nonprofit organization I created to help empower and connect women from diverse backgrounds - so this was my jam for about a decade until my interest and focus changed and expanded more specifically to personal growth, especially working with men to address some of the blocks that come with masculinity, as I saw more and more resources growing in the women's space, but none for men to deal with certain, more feminine, aspects of their lives. Hello fellas, I see you! :) Anyways, what I find fascinating is that I personally have a very definite marker of the progress in highlighting this day for women's achievement and contributions to our world: In March 2005, I wrote an Op-Ed in NY's Metro (when they had an op-ed column) about how we didn't celebrate, let alone acknowledge the day. And, wow, we've come a long way baby! You can see my post and a photo of the column on my Instagram page from last year. I have a whole section with a few PGG's about women's advancement that you can read in PGG: The Book , but today I wanted to share a PGG about some of my heroines who have lighted the path for so many of us to effect positive change in our own unique way. You can also see my post from earlier this week reminding you to stay on your path , whatever path that may be - we all need to light the way for each other. As always, please feel free to let me know y our feedback about any and all that I'm doing :) Big hug <3 Kristina
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They Might Be Giants
(Originally published on June 4, 2014 )

If a human being dreams a great dream, or dares to love someone…If a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which he or she was born, it means so can you… I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me . ~ Maya Angelou

And what a human she was! Dr. Maya Angelou possessed and cultivated a creative and brilliant mind, a powerful and compassionate heart, a flair for the dramatic, a serious sense of humor, and a thorough appetite for all aspects of life. She was a phenomenal woman who spent every breath of her 86 years consciously striving to express the fullest embodiment of what it means to exist as a spiritual being in this physical world.

To me, this is her greatest legacy. Like my other six foot tall heroine Eleanor Roosevelt, she walked her talk, and therefore we all benefited . She served as an example for all she stood for and knew to be Universally true; she espoused the unity and dignity of people of every race and creed, recognizing that “we are more alike than we are unalike.”

And she was very aware that she was indeed human, and knew how dangerous it is to make people, like a Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, or Mother Teresa larger than life — they were all human beings and when we idolize or put them on a pedestal they become inaccessible and we think we can never be like them. Instead they should inspire us to be extraordinary in our own way.

In our youth-obsessed and advertising-driven culture, it is unfortunate that we give so little airtime to our elders like Dr. Angelou , Nelson Mandela or Grace Lee Boggs , because when we listen to the wisdom that nearly nine decades of being a person who has chosen to love, forgive, learn and grow, who allowed themselves to reflect, observe and evolve, they teach us how to live. They are lighthouses that remind us who we really are and where we should be going  — and these days especially when one is extinguished it feels like an even bigger loss because they are rare gems and we wonder who is coming up the rear to replace them.

In my work I have the honor and privilege of helping you discover that no matter how old you are or where you are from, you have a unique way of leaving our planet a little better off than when you arrived  — even if it is simply by virtue of your own healed life.

Some of my clients, as a result of our meeting, have already gone on as a result of our meeting to win Tonys a nd Fulbrights, or are on their way to becoming a media moguls, best-selling authors, cutting edge inventors, or warriors for justice; whether they have an Ivy League background, were formerly incarcerated or are a ninth-grade NYC public school student , every one of them has something to offer, an opportunity to improve their own world, a way to be the most human they can be.

Not quite convinced that you, too, can be a giant among us ? Give me a buzz and I’ll show you how like those Redwoods of California , you are one of hundreds of special trees that make up a forest of awe-inspiring majesty and beauty, living in harmony with one another and Earth, and the very Nature of Life itself.

Remember, you can always see PGGs from any month or year going back to 2010 on my website at www.kristinaleonardi.com and visit my social media pages for more inspiration throughout the week! Want to share my PGG? Use my Medium page for friendliest posting version.

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