Today’s message is for all children. “You can do anything you aspire too”! Even as the days begin to look a bit bleak during COVID-19 I think it is important to celebrate remarkable people during extraordinary times and pass these amazing stories onto our children. Unforgettable quotes usually come great influential people. Quotes can attract us to people who appear as wise and pay heed to hidden struggles and phenomenal stories. Oprah Winfrey once said: “Turn you words into wisdom!”. Such powerful words and remarkable women serve as role models for many people and have inspired women today to take a stand or speak their ‘truth’.
Who are the most influential women in history or even today? What wonderful women’s lives should we be educating our children with to help them understand ‘struggles’ and ‘strength’ to help them grow into ‘warriors’ in a fearless fashion? Here are a few legends I admire and can relate to.
Oprah Winfrey has made an astronomically epic career for herself and truly stands as an iconic American role model. Needless to say she is a total legend! From poverty to fame she shot to television as an interviewer on her own talk show through her empathy with guests. Oprah struck a chord with the American public and is seen as one of the worlds more remarkable women alive today. She became the first African-American woman to be classed as a billionaire and she shares her wealth with those who need it most, having personally donated over $300 million to charity internationally.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”! Mother Teresa was indeed a saint. She dedicated her life to charity and humanitarian work. She is regarded as one of the most selfless people to have ever lived, and her efforts were recognised in 1979 when she won the Nobel Peace Prize. However, one of the most admirable things about Mother Teresa is that she wasn’t doing it for the recognition or what we refer to today as ‘ego’– she spent nearly thirty years of her life helping others before anybody even knew who she was. She led a quiet noble and simple life, giving all she had to people who suffered and her memory remains alive within the hearts of so many……
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve” to do it and the heart to want it. Now here is another of my favourite influential women. If you ever need proof that you should follow your heart and dreams, J.K Rowling did just that. From single mother living on social welfare to a multi-millionaire author in the space of a few years. She was subjected to rejection after rejection but she never gave up! She finally secured a print run of 1,000 copies for her first book, the legendary ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. Harry Potter series has sold over 400 million copies, spawned a whole film franchise. Needless to say children absolutely adore her books and her incredible stories.
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Also known as Norma Jean Baker, she made a hugely successful career out of her stunning appearance and uncanny ability to understand what the world wanted to see. She spent years in foster homes as a child and her hard upbringing led her to pursue her mission in life: “win” and became an icon even after her death. I believe she was also highly empathetic. Norma Jean knew exactly what she was doing, while stunning the world with her fame and glory but what she wanted was to leave a message and it’s no coincidence that she became as famous as she did.
“Stand up for what you believe in”! Joan of Arc is an iconic Warrior Woman. She believed it was God’s will and message for the instatement of the ‘true king’ to the French throne. Joan led the French armies in fighting their English invaders in an epic war. Joan of Arc was an absolute legend as a true and great believer in destiny! “I am not afraid, I was born to do this.” She led an army to victory during a time when a woman on the battlefield was unheard of she eventually led her army to victory, fearlessly fighting and eventually dying to defend her country and super strong beliefs. Joan is a perfect bedtime story for any young girl who dreams of conquering the world! And Joan did in fact do that.
These women are real people, role models in life. Their precious memories, battles, messages, stories and love should be passed onto to children and used to educate young women today. Kids need to believe that absolutely anything is possible in this life!
Now is the time to sit with your children and tell them of such remarkable stories during extraordinary times. Much like COVID-19 warriors will rise and influence the way we see things, help us through are struggles, help us find resilience, fight and become better people at the end of it. I train kids to be warriors through various programmes online (with Heidi) and through group Children’s Warrior Training! I can relate to all of these wonderful iconic women.
Tell your children the stories of remarkable women!
Written by: Heidi Ellen Love