R-E-S-P-E-C-T take care of TCB
Over the past year I have been honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to speak to some incredible, inspirational women from across the globe and every single one of them has changed my view of the world in some way. Some about ways to do business, some about ways to handle people and negative situations and some about ways to respect ourselves for the brilliant, complex human creations that we are. Which is probably why I've had the iconic anthem R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the powerhouse that was Aretha Franklin in my head all week since learning of her sad passing on the 16th. What a life and what a legacy!
I've read quite a few articles in the press since, but one quote in particular caught my attention from a lady attending a service in Aretha's memory in Detroit and it went like this; 'She made us look at ourselves and demand respect. I remember singing, 'We’re riding on the Freeway (of Love)' that made you feel like you could get up and do whatever you wanted or needed to do. I take pride in how I dress and how I wear my hair, and a lot of that comes from seeing women like Aretha: well-dressed, all-around powerful women.'
Reading that reminds me, big time, that we owe it to ourselves and to others to get up, dress up and show up. You never know who you're inspiring along the way. Our children, our families and our followers are looking to us to be the best version of ourselves we can be. Not only that, but by demanding respect for ourselves, giving it our best shot and standing in our own unique power and talents, whatever they may be, we get to become everything we need too. By giving that respect to ourselves, never giving up on our dreams and allowing ourselves to be bathed in the spotlight of our own successes we give others the power to do so too. Marianne Williamson summed it up wonderfully when she wrote:
'We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others'
I reckon Aretha would have something to say if she caught you shrinking away from your light don't you? So channel your inner Beyonce, get your sparkle on and shine like the diamond that you are. We owe it to every woman who has gone before us and paved the way.
Thank you Aretha.
Have a fabulous week ahead CEO's. I'll leave you with a bit of this to kickstart the weekend.
With love and a little bit of R-E-S-P-E-C-T,