One of my long-time heroes, the renowned feminist activist, Ms. Gloria Steinem, recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and it got me thinking about something I posted last summer.
It was about the time I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Steinem at the University of Connecticut Women’s Center.
You see, I helped found the Women’s Center back in the 70’s, and when great things happen there I can’t help but smile (and often jump at the chance to be part of them).
This event was particularly exciting, though, because Ms. Steinem was appearing as their keynote speaker.
During her talk at the Women’s Center, Ms. Steinem told a story of being asked what she thought of as her biggest accomplishment.
Her answer, “I don’t know, I haven’t done it yet.”
And I thought to myself, “Wow, what an answer, especially coming from someone who has been at the forefront of the women’s movement for almost 50 years.”
Not only that, but she’s authored several best-selling books, and she’s been the one to frame the issues that have led to so much progress for women and men throughout the world.
And yet, at the age of 80, even after a lifetime of groundbreaking contributions, she still believes that her greatest accomplishment is yet to come. I find this truly inspiring because I really identify with it.
And as I reflect back on Gloria’s words, I can’t help but think of all of you, our community at NICABM.
As practitioners we have so much to offer. With our highly developed skills and expertise, each and every one of us has no doubt contributed greatly to the lives of our clients.
And with such advanced training, we have the potential to make a huge impact far beyond even that.
So today, I want to challenge us, yet again, to dream big. Our greatest accomplishment and contribution to the world may be yet to come . . . no matter what our age.
If you let yourself, what would you dream of accomplishing? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts below.