The first teacher. The first doctor. It is within the power of the Woman to determine the ultimate course of any community (nation.)
This is especially important for our young women and girls to know because their value is commonly associated with their ability to pull sexual attention. But honestly, this is no hard-won feat. Nature has preinstalled mechanisms for the sexes to attract each other. This is as involuntary a condition as respiration.
Think about it; when we arose this morning, we did not have to preset any special conditions to trigger breathing. Whether we like it or not, this mechanism is automatic. That is the same as with attraction. We only need to be seen and nature is triggered to cause the inclination of one to the other.
The woman’s real power dwells in her ability to manifest something physical from something theoretical, immaterial or even imperceptible. Every idea, need or development was produced by men and women who were born of the womb of a woman. Like the earth that receives a seed, and returns a flower, so it is with the woman. She can bring to birth any idea which she has or receives. This can be manifested in beautiful and inventive ways that advance societies. It can also be manifest in destructive legacies that damage society.
The woman has a power within that is often understated. Physically, she can nurture an embryo to a fully developed baby which is in itself a miracle. Expectant mothers are warned about the intake of drugs and alcohol because they have the ability to cross the placental barrier and impact the developing baby. It is the same with thought and emotions of an expectant mother. Anxiety, stress and fear in the mother causes the release of stress hormones into her bloodstream. These too cross the placental barrier and affect the baby. Therefore the thinking and emotional wellbeing of the mother has a direct impact on the child.
This demonstrates a woman’s unique ability to impact the future even before birth. The saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world” is ever true. However, this power of influence is not only isolated to women who are mothers because all women represent that role of mother. All women are key influencers. This is manifest directly as in mother to child or indirectly as teacher to student, boss to employee, minister to parishioner, politician to electorate, wife to husband or board member to board member.
Within the woman lies a very special ingredient that we mustn't overlook or we can easily miss a key piece of our greatness. While men may build societies, women civilize them. Men may construct houses, but women make them a home. Our power is inherent in us and it is much more than Delilah seducing Samson. It is the wisdom of the Prophetess Deborah, the character of Ruth and the resolve of Queen Esther.
Today it is essential that we encourage our young women and girls to invest in character building in excess of their investment in artificial or skin deep beauty. It is the beauty within the woman that enhances the community. It is the intelligence within the woman that informs our society. And it is the love within the woman that preserves the culture’s spirit of goodness.
The mind of a woman can be a catalyst for change and this quality affects the physical and spiritual environment around us. We must be made aware of the significance of our power because within us lies the success, health, advancement and happiness of our families and ultimately our communities. Without this knowledge we can unknowingly leave a crucial key to our prosperity untapped or worse, ill-used.
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.