#ChooseToChallenge | International Women’s Day 2021

#ChooseToChallenge. That is the theme for International Women’s Day 2021.

It is imperative that we challenge the status quo and archaic ways of thinking and doing life and obliterate systems that keep women from being their best selves, but we must also take to task the everyday affronts—byproducts of the system—slights we experience in our homes, in our churches, at work, in the grocery store, while pumping gas, even while sitting alone with our thoughts.

Today, I invite you, yes, to challenge larger systems, but also take stock of your immediate environment, including yourself, and challenge those things that thwart your efforts toward being a whole person.

Challenge individuals who judge you and place you in the tiny box they’ve carved for themselves; challenge those fearful thoughts that keep you incapacitated, those debilitating ideas that creep inside and stall every movement forward; challenge self-consciousness, feelings of inadequacy and invisibility, fear of rejection, and pull up a seat at the table. You don’t need an invitation. You belong there, sharing your grace, your strength, your knowledge, your unique bent.

Happy International Women’s Day!

17 thoughts on “#ChooseToChallenge | International Women’s Day 2021

  1. Natasha says:

    What a beautiful post, dear Chandra. Thank you for writing this. ❤
    I love when you say, "challenge those things that thwart your efforts toward being a whole person."

    Sometimes it's our inability to break from the stereotypes and our own conditioning, and the silos we have been boxed into.
    I realise the moment we accept our uniqueness with grace and know we also work in progress, , we can lead a fulfilling life.

    And guess what, I'm back with #WordlessWednesday/#WednesdayWisdom today.
    I'm sharing these pretty purple flowers which I chanced upon, first time in India. And thinking of you. xox

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  2. DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing and Happy International Women’s Day!!.. “Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality.” (Shannon L. Alder)… 🙂

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe and life is all that you wish for it to be!!… 🙂

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