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The Women’s Mosaic on Rosa Parks

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We’ve had a tumultuous year—one that started with the tsunami, the continued war in Iraq, and then Iran, Indonesia, Japan, England, Pakistan, India, France, just to name a few, who are dealing with the results of devastating earthquakes, floods, riots and/or terrorist attacks, and trying to deal with the relations within and around their borders at the same time. And back here at home, most recently the total disaster that was Katrina, Florida dealing with the aftermath of Wilma, and then this latest sudden tornado in the Midwest, all coupled with wacky temperatures and abnormal rainfall.

It appears that for years now the Earth has been trying to tell us something and this is seemingly the only way to get our attention, as we are slowly starting to awaken and do just that. Although it is with much heartache, at last the environmental movement is finally getting some long overdue time in the spotlight and the tolerance and healing of religious, ethnic and race relations is becoming paramount.

Whether it’s physical, political, or spiritual upheaval we’re experiencing as a planet, you can be certain that something is happening, something is shifting. All that we know to be sure and true is changing, evaporating and crumbling before our very eyes and alerting or compelling us to change. Perhaps you see this happening in your own life as well—are you experiencing your own personal hurricanes, are emotional tornadoes whipping you around, do you feel flooded in a particular part of your life, is an earthquake shaking your world up in some way, shape or form? What is it that needs to be altered or restructured or thrown out the window altogether in your life?

It is at these times especially we begin to question who we really are and what we want to be doing with our lives. One woman who decided to do some shaking up with hers was Rosa Parks, whose seemingly small action became the epicenter, the tremor that truly rocked our country and jumpstarted the civil rights movement. Her life demonstrates the power of how one small, quiet woman became a warrior for equality by allowing herself the right to be, to exist, as she should. As Hillary Clinton said in her tribute to this great woman, we, too, can have our own “Rosa Parks” moment.

The accumulation of all such events on every level often point to the question of our existence—we can no longer be sure of anything and therefore infiltrates our exterior and bubbles up as uncertainty and doubt. Change is one thing in life that IS certain. In the preface to his critically acclaimed play, Doubt, John Patrick Shanley writes: “Life happens when the tectonic powers of your speechless soul breaks through the dead habits of the mind. Doubt is nothing less than an opportunity to reenter the Present.”

Are you going to let things get to the point where drastic change is thrust upon you, or are you going to recognize the “sign o’ the times” and allow your soul to start making changes on its own terms, in its own way?

By Kristina Leonardi

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