By Rebekah Cahill
Empowerment is a buzz word that we have grown more accustomed to hearing when referring to women whether in the workplace, home life, socially and politically. But what does empowerment really mean? The dictionary would define it as this:
Empowerment [em-pou-er-ment] "the giving or delegation of power or authority; authorization; the giving of an ability; enablement or permission".
However, this definition feels so sterile. Empowerment. It's such a motivating and exciting word to me and this definition feels less then thrilling! ...
When I think of empowerment I think of words to describe it such as autonomy, confidence, meaningfulness and impact. There is an internal strength or self-determination in the thought of empowerment. There is insight and understanding and a sense of taking control.
Empowerment is a great quality to achieve. It is strong, full, uplifting and motivating. When we are empowered we are good! But this leads to the question of what happens when we are not good? Where do our empowered feelings go when we hit a low or when we are really struggling with something? We have all had those moments in life and if you haven't then you will at some point. And then what?
Well, something the dictionary leaves out of the definition of empowerment is resilience. That's right. Our conscious effort and intent to get out of our struggle, our resilience, is our empowerment in those moments.
So although our feelings of empowerment may have a stronger presence for us sometimes than at other times remember that it is always within you.
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