We humans use words rather haphazardly, sometimes. We say “awesome” for something that is just one step above ordinary, but certainly not “awesome”. Not if the definition of awesome is considered: “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.“
Awesome is the word of the day, it seems. You see it used everywhere, but most often on Facebook, where folks want to express a sense of awe, for cute cat videos. It’s a word that is diminishing in its power, because too many people use it incorrectly. Over on my lipsticking blog, I write about phenomenal women. I support phenomenal women. I cherish them. And so, I share this story, here, to describe how we all need to recognize and support the phenomenal women in our lives.
The word “phenomenal” is a word you don’t hear often enough, I think. It means, “
These words stand on their own to define a person, occurrence, or object of great quality. For me, every year is the year of The Phenomenal Woman. Shall we go so far as to say The Ultimate, Phenomenal You? She is the woman who stands out from the crowd. The woman rising head and shoulders above the crowd. The woman bringing her true, wayward self to play. A woman who is both exceptional and extraordinary. A wayward woman of high purpose.
Those of you following this blog will understand and remember that I am a wayward woman – a bit stubborn, not easily controlled, and full of focused determination to get the job done. Where the concept of being wayward may have been ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ in years passed, as demonstrated by the window sign outside of my office, a sign that surely hung on a building in downtown Denver many, many years ago, the idea of being wayward today has practical application. By tapping into our waywardness, we show the world we will not bend to gossip, or politics, or ancient beliefs that held women to a ‘certain place’ in the world, and in her own home.
May Angelou described the phenomenal woman in her poem, Phenomenal Woman, with greater poetry than I may ever create! I share her video rendition of the poem, below.
And, because I am phenomenal, I will continue to write and compose and fling my words out into the Universe, bellow them to the stars, and feel their magic within and without, every single day going forward!
If you are ready to accept that your waywardness deserves to be celebrated, not hidden, that your business is ready for truly extraordinary success in 2017, I invite you to think about writing the story of wayward, phenomenal you, this year. Celebrate the Year of the Phenomenal Woman – in all of her inner Waywardness.
Stand together – stand tall – with your sisters.
Enjoy Maya Angelou … she was truly phenomenal. Don’t you agree?