The GenFab Blog Hop assignment for this month is to write about our favorite celebrity crush… link to others at the end of this post!
Now I know most will write about rock or movie stars, but the first person who came to mind for me was Jane Goodall, my teenage hero. Instead I have chosen to write about my all-time adult crush: Gloria Steinem.
Do you know how many times I have wished that she was my mother? She is my own mother’s age and I don’t believe she had any children, but can you imagine having a mother like that?
If you don’t know who I’m talking about, you should learn! She was and still is one of the most important figures in liberating American women from being second class citizens, and will be featured prominently in the new PBS series: MAKERS: Women Who Make America.
I was always impressed with her, but it wasn’t until I suffered my own midlife crisis at age 49, that I gained the fullest appreciation of Gloria’s brilliance and contributions to our world. I had just lost my job and even my career, although I didn’t know that quite yet, when I happened to start reading her book Revolution From Within: A Book of Self-Esteem.
How this perfectly appropriate volume fell into my hands, even signed by Gloria herself, at the exact moment when I needed it most, I will never know. As she says on page 242, “Everything sounds trite before we’re ready for it.” I just knew I was so ready to accept a deeper teaching about self-esteem and valuing myself.
Here I learned about Gloria’s own struggles with self-esteem, how she doubted the reality of her own inner voice: “not until sometime in my thirties did I begin to suspect that there might be an internal center of POWER I was neglecting…”
Later on she says: “I began to understand that self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it.”
Reading that book at that point in my life was a true life-changer.It helped to convince me that I was a valuableperson with much more to contribute to this world, and the sooner I felt valuable intrinsically, the sooner I would begin to contribute.
I’ll leave you with a few more choice quotes from Revolution from Within:
“The conviction of being loved and lovable, valued and valuable as we are, regardless of what we do, is the beginning of the most fundamental kind of self-esteem…”
“Buried somewhere within each of us, buried at varying depths depending on the age and degree of neglect or abuse, shame or coersion we endured, there is a resistant, daydreaming, rebellious, creative, unique child — a true self who is waiting.”