Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Your Language IS You

"I am an Amazon." Which definition(s) I choose to describe myself will drive my self-esteem and my beliefs in my possibilities for action, for success, and my ability to connect with others.

Amazon: noun
1. a member of a legendary race of female warriors believed by the ancient Greeks to exist in Scythia (near the Black Sea in modern Russia) or elsewhere on the edge of the known world.

2. a tall and strong or athletic woman.

3. a parrot, typically green and with a broad rounded tail, found in Central and South America. • Genus Amazona, family Psittacidae: numerous species.

4. a river in South America that flows more than 4,150 miles (6,683 km) through Peru, Colombia, and Brazil into the Atlantic Ocean. It drains two-fifths of the continent and, in terms of water-flow, is the largest river in the world.

I may choose to be a courageous, confident, athletic woman,
flowing powerfully and joyfully through life.
I may choose to define myself as
too big, too manly, too goofy, too uncontrollable.
Each definition will activate me, but in profoundly different ways.