Courage is founded in a conviction or value we hold. In the words from the powerful book and movie, The Help, “….I realised, I actually had a choice in what I could believe.” We have a choice in what we believe about our place and ourselves in womanhood. We can embrace the higher value of womanhood – above damaging, destructive and unhealthy competitiveness, which is not only personally damaging, but detrimental to the reputation and efforts of all women.
The higher value of womanhood is founded in understanding that:
- Healthy competition brings out my best rather than measures me against others, and can bring extraordinary things in my worlds.
- I am uniquely brilliant.
- Women are potentially my greatest allies.
This is the sure ground on which our courage can stand. It is good and right to value womanhood, to uphold and champion other women, but it will, at times, take great courage; a brave heart and a strong mind in the face of opinions, cultural position, and hardest of all – our personal thoughts and feelings.