I did my ‘Strengths Finder’ a year or so ago. One of those personality tests that gives you a print out of how you carry yourself in the world and the way it impacts others. Apparently my number one strength is ‘Connectedness’…this is taken from the blurb about what that means.
Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves.
But I digress.
I was reminded this week of how much I enjoy connection with others who are like minded. I attended a forum on Empowering Girls, hosted by ONE JUST WORLD and was so energised by hearing some amazing women tell their stories of working in developing countries. Education really makes an incredible difference to girls in these countries. It can literally change the course of their lives. I do believe that we are not isolated from each other.
Another great connection I made this week was with Heather from Melbourne who is in training to do a half marathon next month AND she is supporting our girls as she runs. Click here to see her fundraising page and help her reach her goal!
I do also believe that Connectedness implies certain responsibilities, to see and know is to be responsible to do, especially when my life is so blessed.
Jane and the ‘a Girl & her world’ team