A Recipe for Being Assertive

November 11, 2011 · 6 comments

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Since hitting my 30s, I am becoming more comfortable with being assertive.  So many people, women included, mistake assertiveness for aggression.  It’s a shame.  We women must stick up for ourselves!  We must not be afraid to speak our mind when we see an injustice being done or when we feel slighted.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

There will be those who are threatened by a woman with an opinion.  The world is still resentful of strong women who say and do what they believe in, even when done with grace.

Audre Lorde said, I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.

I am learning that I would rather be burned by something I said than to keep my mouth shut and remain unscathed.

A dash of humour + a spoonful of dignity + a pinch of grace + a few drops of valour, and that’s my recipe for being assertive.  Do you have one?

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