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I don't need to tell you what's going on in Eastern Europe. In Ukraine, our brothers and sisters are being hit with an onslaught of bombs and soldiers unleashed by a man who is mentally unfit to rule himself never mind a country with nuclear weapons.
He fears the loss of his power, thinking it is only measured by how many people and countries he can rule over, and has shoved aside any thought of how this may impact the lives of those living the day-to-day joys of family, work, creativity, and growth.
He doesn't care about that. All he sees, is himself, in the small, ego-sense, which seeks to kill and destroy all that is around it, in order to build up a small sense of self.
I am not here to proselytize about men and power. This has been in our history since it has been recorded. Before that, we don't really know the role women had, although there is evidence that matriarchal societies were abundant.
What I do want to share with you, is that today, we celebrate women.
I want to dedicate this newsletter to the strong and powerful Women of Ukraine.
These women are carrying their children for miles, comforting them, and feeding them whatever they have been able to carry with them.
They have said goodbye to their husbands, brothers, and fathers not knowing if they will ever see them again.
They have left the comforts of their homes, which have their kitchens, bathrooms with hot showers, and all the supplies they need, to go off to where they do not know what they will find next.
Putin is a madman, with access to nuclear weapons, and we - as a global community - need to one day get to the point where we can act swiftly, with urgency, so that we stop the mentally unstable from having access to weapons that change lives and landscapes forever.
How many millions of women and children and men are paying for this one man's madness?
These are all thoughts that women think. I am not alone in these thoughts, I am sure of that.
We see the endless deaths and destruction of so much that has been built over decades of time, if not centuries for those ancient architectural treasures of Ukraine.
But what now?
What do we do on this International Women's Day?
I am going to encourage you to step into your own power. That is the only thing that is ever asked of anyone.
I am going to encourage you to pray: Pray for solutions; Pray for guidance; Pray for all those families that are displaced and are suffering.
And finally, I am going to ask you to think of what kind of actions you can take. For every woman, it will be different. If you don't know what to do, pray about it as I said above, and you will be guided.
Volunteering in your local community for Ukraine works.
Volunteering online works.
Many individuals have started booking AirBNB rooms in Ukraine, just to support the hosts, and then tell them they're not going to be coming but please keep the money! AirBNB is aware of this and is continuing to distribute payouts. Some of these hosts are using their vacation rentals to house displaced families, and so they really appreciate the booking you are making, that you will not use!
I also found Bethenny Frankel's site, where you can donate, and they are doing incredible work. Up until a few days ago they had already raised $25M, just from small donations, and are assisting refugees, delivering medical supplies, and much more.
There are lots of things you can do. Pray first, then act.
In celebration of women around the world, let's make things right.
Much Love to You All,