Gloria Steinem continues to be a great inspiration. At the TED XWomen conference she said. "I don't want anything I don't have"
Mary Catherine Bateson wrote in " Composing a Life"
Part of the secret of continuing development-especially for women, who may be pressed by social expectations into childlike positions of weakness-is the discovery through a variety of relationships that social expectations can be changed and that difference can be a source of strength rather than weakness. We grow in dialogue , not only in the rare intensity of passionate collaboration, but through a mutiplicity of forms of friendship and collegiality.
It's never too late to be what you might have been--George Eliot
On the finale of Brothers and Sisters, Sally Fields quoted George Eliot at Sarah and Luke's wedding.
(Mary Anne Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian Era. She used a male pen name to ensure that her works would be taken seriously.)
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. John Powell
Ambivalence can ruin your life.
My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. Woody Allen
THE WHOOPS FACTOR
When I ask people about their Whoops, they say--"I didn't forget to have kids, but....
Whoops, I forgot about me and who I am
Whoops, I forgot what I love to do
Whoops, I forgot I have a voice
Whoops, I forgot that I am creative and artistic
Whoops, I forgot I have talents
Whoops, I forgot I liked this...yum
Whoops, I forgot my dreams
Whoops, I forgot my joy and my inner child
Whoops, I forgot to remember
Whoops, I forgot where I need to be
Whoops, I forgot where I am is where I need to be
Whoops, I forgot to be mindful and to breathe
Whoops, I forgot about you
Whoops, I forgot I liked this
Whoops, I forgot to be happy
Whoops, I forgot I could write
Whoops, I forgot I could sing
Whatever your Whoops--share it.