For those of you that have yet to encounter this precious being, I sure hope you read about her incredible story. To summarize, at the age of 14, this bright, proficient little girl became an advocate for education for women in her country of Pakistan, where under Taliban rule, girls were banned from attending school. Malala, with the support of her father, began a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC to share her experience under the Taliban rule. She became a voice for girls (and women) in her country, promoting the rights every human being has to an education. She became an idol to many, and a threat to the Taliban. On October 9, 2012, she was shot point blank in the head while on a school bus with other young girls. This little girl, at age 14 was THAT powerful. She was a threat to the Taliban and they attempted to silence and remove her. By a miracle, the bullets that entered her head bypassed her brain, struck a nerve in her face and neck and exited through her shoulder. Doctors were astonished that she survived. They called it a miracle.
In my eyes, this girl is as powerful as some of the most influential Peace Activists in history. She is self-less, fearless, incredibly eloquent, impactful and unforgettable. In a word: Extraordinary. I am captivated by this being and humbled by her grace and strength. I hope you all read about her story.
Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. – Charles Simmons
Malala is my inspiration this month, and I hope as a result she becomes yours. She’s a radiant light in this world. My wish is that we can all shine as brightly and manifest our potential in this world.
When it’s over, I want to say:
All my life
I was a bride married to amazement
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms…
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
– Mary Oliver
May we all leave such an imprint.
In honor of Malala, here is my perfume pick of the month (what is left of it). Remember that the perfume pick of the month is 15% off.
I believe in the power of Spirit
I believe we can overcome any obstacle
I believe in the grace in humanity and the light that shines in us all
I believe in the power of belief
And the faith that carries our dreams
– Carrie A. Keller
I will leave you all with a little music to warm your hearts and inspire you to be all that you can be.
Sending you all the stars in the sky.