There is a saying, “When you teach a man, you teach an individual. When you teach a woman, you teach a nation.” This states the power of the woman in the fate of civilization.
BUT…..before they become women, they are girls.
And it is these hearts, minds and souls that will shape the future. As such is the case, how important is it that we pay careful attention to the development of our girls?
Digress with me for a moment.
Think of the grains of wheat that would be our bread. And think of the expansive field in which they grow. We would not dare allow anyone to use that field as a dumping ground. That field would be protected, cultivated, watered and tended to. After all, it is the wheat from this field that will be milled into fine flour for the bread that we eat.
Naturally, when we understand our health’s relationship with the field and its crop, we aren’t cavalier about the corruption of either.
This is an illustrative way to help us understand the significance of our girls. It is they who will nurture a future generation. And their capacity to do so is greatly dependent on the environment and preparation of their childhood. So it is important for us to keep in mind that their states as women can be directly correlated to their childhood.
Let’s stay mindful of the unique challenges they face in a consumer society in which the acquisition of ‘things’ is a determinant of one’s personal value. Let’s stay mindful that our girls, as never before, receive an unrelenting barrage of devaluing messages. And let’s stay mindful that their protection, education, fulfillment and self love will determine outcomes just as their vulnerability, neglect and self hatred will.
The raising of our girls cannot be outsourced to television, social media or smart devices. Our concern must compel us to actively invest in their wellbeing, as these are they who will literally give birth to the future.
And lastly, remember this as it pertains to women:
She cannot give love if she doesn’t have love.
She cannot give value if she doesn’t have value.
She cannot give wisdom if she doesn’t have knowledge.
The cultivation of all of this starts in childhood.
In whose hands do we want our future placed?
Nurah strives to enlighten, empower and engage her readers with the wealth of knowledge she has gained from her own experiences and those of others from whom she has learned.