WOMAN UNEXPECTED

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Thank You for women. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“When seasoned by the subtleties of accident, harmony, favor, wisdom, and inevitability, luck takes on the cast of serendipity. Serendipity happens when a well-trained mind looking for one thing encounters something else: the unexpected.”
—MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY

Serendipity. A lovely word. Serendipity is womanhood on planet earth at this time. It comes about when women lead. And women are leading everywhere humanity resides on planet earth. Men, too, of course. Sometimes it is subtle to recognize where women are leading because our conventional understanding of leadership knows not of a means to recognize the leadership in daily life.

For example, women have an internal intuition that guides toward nurturing. Men, too, of course. Women’s internal intuition of guiding toward nurturing can be recognized easily. When I get cut off in traffic, or if a driver abruptly merges in front of my car on the freeway without utilizing a turn signal, why do I automatically presume the driver is a man? Because that was not an experience of nurturing leadership. So in the essence of opposites, conventional leadership in an alpha male sense feels forceful and lacking empathy. A nurturing, empathic leadership resides inherently in women.

What is that biologically? Perhaps it is something in the DNA make up. The part of a woman designed to carry a child through pregnancy. As we all have both the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine within us, we all hold a deep connection to both feminine and masculine attributes. I know many, many highly nurturing fathers. I know many, many highly nurturing men who are not fathers. So this ability to connect to a nurturing leadership is as possible for men as an ability to connect with an action-force narrative is for women. When women, which we now are witnessing at a rapid pace, blend this leadership of nurturing with a leadership of action-force, there is a serendipity of experiencing women as the next great leaders of the planet.

Children have this possibility, too. Since children are so closely connected to the Divine, they are highly capable leaders. It is in letting go of old, outmoded ways of perceiving leadership — that alpha male, force narrative — that we may discover and honor the serendipitous leadership of the Divine Feminine. This is a new wave, a new evolution. Oh, and we must remember, this leadership has always existed among humanity, as it is the leadership of carrying and bearing infants. Now we live in an era where women are able to be recognized beyond the leadership of newborns and into the leadership of all ages of humans. It is only natural!

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