By Angel Stork
In her book, “The Millionth Circle”, Jean Shinoda Bolen states: “The circle is a principle as well as a shape. It goes counter to the social order, pecking order, superior/inferior, ranking order that compares each individual woman to others. Sitting in a circle, each woman has a physical position that is equal to every other woman in the circle. She takes her turn and the circle turns, she speaks up and is heard.”
Women of Vision has been for me such a circle of women. Stepping up to help guide this group has challenged me to strain toward personal and professional excellence, to put action behind my desire to thrive. As Women of Vision leaders, Natasha and I hold a vision of success for every woman who wants it. Through meetings (and the website and all it offers) we hope to demonstrate our dedication to provide a portion of what we all need, somewhere in our lives: a steady source of validation and encouragement.
We have no real pecking order in this henhouse, just the desire to stay one or two steps ahead of the group to keep the game alive. As one of my mentors used to say: “The teacher is the one with the greater intent.” Meaning, the only real difference between student and teacher, or leader and member, is one simple step of intent, one greater degree of commitment.
The great gift we women offer each other through this circle, through the act of showing up for each other, is to transfer our commitment to each other, to live out the belief in what is good and strong in us, our intrinsic value.
If you are of a ‘certain age’ you may recall that women were not always encouraged to succeed in business (okay, LOL); our ideas were not welcomed, nor were we taken seriously. If you are free from these past cultural associations, Brava, Sister-woman, AND, you still may not feel completely confident developing your own vision, or putting your own idea into the marketplace.
Women of Vision is a group of women who network, sure, but also a venue for helping you define what you want: Success on your own terms, a place to belong, an avenue of expression, a place to “fail forward” and begin again.