When I first received Tara Mohr’s invitation to this campaign, I wondered if what I had to offer fit with the theme of grandmother power. Then I realized that my story matches the theme that has recently come up with clients and in my personal experience.
Power doesn’t always appear as you would expect.
I’m fortunate to still have my maternal grandmother in my life. She has been able to watch my first born grow into a young woman. She continues to be a presence which reminds me of how quiet one can be while exerting tremendous influence.
For all of my 40+ years, I have watched my grandmother be a quiet example of loving support and acceptance. I have witnessed her support her children and grandchildren through difficult times and choices without exerting her own opinions or wishes.
She is funny and wise, graceful and caring. Early in her life she survived both the death of her mother and cancer. She can be counted on for listening, acceptance and killer Christmas goodies. She is one of my favorite people.
She doesn’t wave banners or brandish words. She supports her church, cooks meals for those in need, and participates in potlucks. She remembers her family at birthdays and holidays.
Being in power
We often devalue our personal power. We think power is highfalutin, forceful or insistent. What we fail to realize is that just by being we, are powerful.
Often the fighting and resisting against what we don’t want, that may feel like power, is merely force. It is a relinquishing of power, given over to short sighted reaction.
When we are truly grounded in our being, we are powerfully living in step with our values. We have less need to control and more desire to flow with what is.
We often never realize just how much we’ve influenced the world around us. My grandmother might be surprised that I’m telling her story in response to this campaign.
I’d love to hear in the comments, or in your own blog post for this campaign, a story of power from a grandma-type in your life.