Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Woman's Rights

It's amazing what you find when you're cleaning and clearing the crap out of your house.

While I was working for that awful, dysfunctional, mean place for thirteen months between 2009 and 2010, I had this crazy idea that I actually had something to contribute.  (Silly me for trying to help!)

One of the things I accidentally left behind when I walked out that office door, shaking from being "asked to resign," was a flyer that I had made for one of the professionals in the office to use in the group she was trying to put together.  I just found the handwritten copy in a "junk drawer" and almost tossed it out before I realized what I was holding.  This is a list I put together from some workbook or other of things that I, we, every woman needs to remember every day:

I have the right to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect at all times.

I have the right to make my own decisions about the course of my life.

I have the right to have dreams and to work toward making those dreams happen.

I have the right to feel good about myself as a person and as a woman.

I have the right to choose who will be my friends, whom I will spend time with, and whom I will confide in.

I have the right to make mistakes.

I have the right to change my mind.

I have the right to be happy.

I have the right to ask for what I want.

I have the right to follow my own values and standards.

I have the right to express all of my feelings, both positive and negative.

I have the right to say NO!

I have the right not to be responsible for others' behavior, actions, feelings, or problems.

I have the right to my own needs for personal time and space.

I have the right to be in a non-abusive environment.

I have the right to change and grow.

I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.

I have the right to be uniquely myself.

(Author Unknown)

I found this list in a workbook somewhere and thought I was making a contribution by turning it into a flyer for a support group.  Well, it might be helping there and if it is, I'm glad that I left it behind.  But I'm also glad that I saved my handwritten copy so I can share it here with you. These are lovely words of wisdom that should be implicitly understood.  But sometimes, for whatever reason, we forget that we women, as people, have these rights.

Never forget what your rights are, especially when you look in the mirror.



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