Monday, January 16, 2006

Newsletter: January 16, 2006

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Best wishes for the Brave New Year

New is good. What did you do new last year? I left a 30-year career of social movement

leadership to become a solo practitioner writing and speaking about my passions. I got my ears pierced so I can wear those beautiful dangly earrings.

What are you going to do new this year? I’m working on a fun new book about life lessons for women and have created a new speech to share leadership lessons I learned the hard way. I’m working out with a trainer who has made me physically stronger than ever. We’re going to need strength to counteract the rightward drift of the Supreme Court. (See commentary, right column).

As words of encouragement, I want to share with you sentiments that have been attributed to Abel Muzorewa, former prime minister of Zimbabwe, and that have guided me through many new years and challenges. Dr. King exemplified such inspiration:

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered

Love them anyway

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives

Do good anyway

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies

Succeed anyway

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow

Do good anyway

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable

Be honest and frank anyway

The biggest person with the biggest idea can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind

Think big anyway

People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs

Fight for some underdogs anyway

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight

Build anyway

People need help, but may attack you if you help them

Help people anyway

Give the world the best you have and sometimes you’ll get kicked in the teeth

Give the world your best anyway

“Well behaved women rarely make history”

~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

March is Women’s History Month. I’ll be speaking at Bradley University and the Brooklyn Public Library on the history and future of reproductive rights in a speech entitled “Motherhood in

Bondage / Motherhood in Freedom: The Choice is Yours.”

My Recent Commentary:

For Alito Hearing Theater, Get Your Playbill Here
Women's eNews - New York,NY,USA
Be careful about whose script you follow and offers a playbill for an interactive performance.

High Court Case Takes Aim at Heart of Roe
Women's eNews - New York,NY,USA
Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood is nothing less than an attack at the heart of Roe v. Wade. ...

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