Thought for the day from my friend Nancy…… “Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else’s life.” Eleanor Roosevelt

I love this quote because it talks about taking responsbility for decisions,which means claiming power to change my life, realizing that what’s happened in the past is a result of my own decision making however flawed it may have been.

Living in the margins or on the edge of conventional life has a way of causing me to distill down to what’s essentially me, and like leaves on a tree, all the excuses, the blaming of externals, the noise of life in the king’s world…all falls away. I stand here like that tree with, in the words of a song I once heard, ‘my roots dug down, my branches wide and open.’

Women living lives that they’ve made up themselves, on their own terms, don’t have it easy but there’s a huge satisfaction in knowing that they’re living into a self designed life.

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  1. Well said, Libby! I think it is especially difficult for women with children – I guess we call those ‘Mothers’ – not to make the deepest decision for the direction of your life with them in mind. I’m not talking about when they are little, but a woman must always keep her own compass, because by golly they grow up and move on, and then…and then she had best be sailing her own ship on her own course all along, or there is a big course correction coming.

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