I Dare You
When we mention the word “abuse,” we automatically think of sexual and physical abuse because that is the most obvious form. We often don’t consider that emotional abuse can be just as harmful to a woman’s sense of well-being. I describe emotional abuse as “the mental control of another by the systematic undermining of that person’s self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of self” and that abuse is often expressed or characterized by the use of words, gestures and body language. You are far more resilient than you think you are. Start believing in yourself. See yourself as strong as a lioness ready to bring down and devour anything that endangers her pride. See yourself as big and powerful as a matriarchal elephant ready to stomp on anything that is threatening to harm her and her herd.