International Women’s Day 2020

Rise and Shine – What Wonder Woman has to teach us

The 8th of March was International Women’s Day.  It’s an opportunity for us all to think about what has been achieved, who is a great example to us, and what is yet to be addressed as we continue to progress.

Today, I’d like to talk about ‘Character’ – a noble character – and what we can learn from Wonder Woman!

You are of Noble birth.

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Over the centuries, generations bought into the idea that some are of a different class to others, but that is nonsense genetically, scientifically, and ethnically.

Not only do you and I have noble roots, we also have the option and the opportunity to live nobly.

“Women and men do not care how nobly they live, but only for how long, although it is within the reach of every woman or man to live nobly, but within no woman or man’s power to live long.”

― Adapted from Seneca

Spoiler alert:

I am about to reveal the climax of the plot of, “Wonder Woman,”!!!

I am at the most creative I have ever enjoyed.  There’s a flow.  And it’s almost without ceasing.  Sometimes I simply need a break.  Walking is good but then I tend to come back with more ideas!  The bath is almost impossible – so many ideas come that I have to get out or have a wet notebook! Looks like Seneca had a similar issue!

No, the best course is to revert to Netflix!  Here, I can put my intellect in neutral and just binge.  Except I can’t.  I thought “Wonder Woman” would be pretty undemanding intellectually… and I was right.  But it wasn’t undemanding ethically.  It’s a superb movie in the style of a Victorian Moral Tale (think of stories like, “The Water Babies,” whose purpose is to improve one’s behaviour!)

Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) is a goddess, daughter of Zeus.  She ends up in conflict with Ares, the god of war.  He doesn’t want to be in conflict with her, but rather for her to wake up to the fact that humanity is a lost cause – addicted to violence and evil – and worthy of complete destruction.  She comes to agree with him, part of the way, and then asserts that we humans are all that – and a lot more.  Yes, we have a propensity for evil but her mission has nothing to do with what we deserve.  Her assertion is that only love is the answer.

Thus, when tempted to leave us humans to our own devices, she makes three choices:

  • to stay
  • to fight, and
  • to give.

I felt this was a personal call to action: to stay committed to those to whom I am committed – independent of any ‘deserving’ of this; to fight for what is good on Earth while I still have strength, and to continue to give expecting nothing in return.

I’ll let you into a little secret, I’m not Wonder Woman.  I’m not even a Superhero.  But I am noble.  And so are you.

Noble by birth, and noble by choice.

Integrity in the Moment of Choice

I am reminded of the late, great, Stephen R Covey with his work with Roger Merrill on, “First Things First.”  Stephen and Roger are keen for you and I to commit to ‘Character’ over and above ‘Personality’.  They are keen that we decide to choose, “Integrity in the moment of choice.”

In the space between stimulus and response, to make a noble choice.

I write this longer blog today because I believe we have those who will read this who are tempted to quit and leave, whatever ‘quit and leave’ means to each one of us.  Instead, I’d invite you to stay.

I write this today because I believe some of you have given up the fight or are about to.  To you (as I say to myself), we are at war and we always will be.  We are at war with depression, we are at war with injustice, we are at war often with ourselves.  We can make peace with only one of these three!

And I write this today to those of us who keep giving and don’t receive a fair return on our investment of love.  To us, I say, “Keep giving.”  The Apostle who said, “Love never fails,” also said, “Let us not grow weary in doing good for, in due season, we will reap a harvest – if we do not lose heart.”

You have a noble heart.  Stay.  Fight.  Give.