For a woman to claim her power,
she must take a deep, honest look at herself.
Though it is a daunting process,
her determination and courage ensures her success.
There will be things she must do;
lessons she must master, tests she must pass.
This includes wrongs that need to be made right,
grief work, anger work, and forgiveness work.
She must also let herself be vulnerable,
exposing the carefully guarded places in her heart,
caressing any bruises that are still tender,
and becoming friends with old sorrows.
In the beginning, she will weep and fall to her knees
when she sees the errors she has made
and the ways she has abandoned herself.
But only upon awakening to truth,
does she starts to mend her broken-ness.
When she has faced and healed her life,
all that will remain are the lessons she learned
and the gifts that each lesson has given her;
beauty, wisdom, compassion, strength...
Again she will fall to her knees
not because she is sad,
but because her heart is filled with gratitude
and she sees how beautiful the world really is.