November 13, 2012

{Changing Times & Girl Power} Part Three


[This is the last of a three-part excerpt from my book-in-progress, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Princess Diana Rescued the Damsel in Distress. It's taken from a section titled, "Women Attending Women." ]

 
There is a wonderful song, written by the late Linda Creed and Michael Masser and made famous in the mid-1980s by Whitney Houston, called “The Greatest Love of All.” The ballad reminds us that the greatest love is inside us. The song’s lyrics are a call to adults that their most important job is to teach children how beautiful they are inside and out, to encourage them to play their happy dance, and to be living proof that they too can always find strength and courage through love.

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.
 
Because the greatest love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.
 
The song lyrics encourage us to “find your strength in love” and to “not give away your dignity” and that “love is always inside you.” However, there are times when we may feel love is not enough, especially when we have to explain some difficult things to our children since television and the Internet bring a volatile, hostile world graphically into our laps. The fears that rise up with the changes in global societies are also bringing increased abuse to women and children around the world. When we learn of these atrocities via the news, documentaries, books and films, it’s hard to know sometimes what to do to help or what to tell our children.
 
During her lifetime, Princess Diana went straight into this fire with open arms and a mother’s courage to bring her loving energy and to put the world on notice: Women and children will not be denied a voice! ~
 
 
[This is the last of a three-part excerpt from my book-in-progress, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Princess Diana Rescued the Damsel in Distress. For the other two parts, click on "Changing Times & Girl Power" in the Labels list below.]

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