Ordinary Women of the World: Our Unsung Heroines

In honor of Fahmia Alfoith This 2016 International Women’s Month finds our half the sky, half full and half empty. But today, we want to focus on the “half full” as we celebrate and enjoy the extensiveness of women’s lives and rejoice on the extraordinary accomplishments of their ordinary existence. As mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, women are the caregivers, the teachers, and the healers of sick bodies and broken spirits. In the arts, they are the beauty behind the inspiration. In science, sports, and leadership women are as indomitable as men in the pursuit of their lives’ purposes. To men, women provide a safe harbor and the light of wisdom to reach their deepest dreams. To communities, women supply sustainable roots, energy and hope. In the world, they are its soul and peace keepers, planners behind the scenes and

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Positive Leadership – living positive psychology

Over the course of my career, I’ve held six positions with four different organizations, working for vastly different personalities. I’ve had both male and female supervisors, bosses down the hall and others on different continents, some profit-driven and others focused on impact. My very first supervisor taught me that I had a lot to offer and should be given a full and equal voice in everything we were doing. And in another position, to juxtapose, I listened to my boss tell another director that she ‘disgusted him’ because she had made a scheduling error and left a desk unattended for 15 minutes. I’ve seen enough variation to realize how profoundly a supervisor can affect not just your work life, but your confidence, development and well-being as well. Currently, I serve as the Co-Director of the U.N.-mandated University for Peace’s Centre

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A Tale of Finding One’s Voice

After meditating on our humanness one night, I was enveloped by my dreams. As I flew away, I glided through our vast universe and witnessed a world so beautiful that it was almost incomprehensible. Far below, I spotted expansive oceans, high mountains, serpentine rivers, crystalline lakes, green savannas and undulated deserts, big metropolis and sometimes the reflection of something that seemed to be a tiny village shimmering in the sun in the middle of nowhere. As I flew lower, my vision became acute, so did my hearing and smell. I sensed salty water, refreshing evergreens, and smoke somewhere; I saw birds, drones and planes passing by me, but more interesting were the echoes of things, animals and people. Of the three, I marveled at the sounds of humans: laughter, melodies, voices and cries. These were disturbing and I detected fear,

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