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Being a woman

From Joan Anderson’s book, A Year by the Sea:

“One is not born a woman. One becomes one.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. The point is to live everything. Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“A woman must come of age by herself. she must find her true center alone.” — Ann Morrow Lindbergh

“To live is to change and to strive toward a more perfect life is to have changed often. ”

“I raise my glass to being big, beautiful, feminine and forever changing, promising to work with my bones and flesh. After all, bones make new bones if they are exercised and skin sheds itself to make room for fresh flesh and muscles.”

“Surely I am lost enough to find myself. Don’t look back, look out. I’ve left lots of stuff on the shore hoping I’ll find more out here.”

“Leave room for yourself. Delight is in the continuum – to take all that I know and am and weave that wisdom into the fabric of everyday life, remembering always to leave room for myself.”

“Look at the dirt in your life and work with it instead of avoiding it.”

“Always retain some part of yourself. The minute you let others in on your secrets, you’ve given away some of your strength.”

“I lift my glass to me — a woman turned inside out, no longer wanting to be happy because, finally, I am.


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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