decade ago I discovered Patricia Lynn Reilly's poem as a gift for my special friend Kathy.

has been my inspiration for living an authentic life as mother, daughter, wife,
and friend and embodies and practices the art of loving herself and others

I recognized her in this poem and also acknowledged how deeply
it touched and spoke to my soul—I have imagined myself as this woman for many
years until it became my reality.

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Imagine a Woman

by Patricia Lynn Reilly

Imagine a woman who is interested in her own life.
A woman who embraces her life as teacher, healer, and challenge.
Who is grateful for the ordinary moments of beauty and grace.
Imagine a woman who participates in her own life.
A woman who meets each challenge with creativity.
Who takes action on her own behalf with clarity and strength.
Imagine a woman who has crafted a fully-formed solitude.
A woman who is available to herself.
Who chooses friends and lovers with the capacity to respect her solitude.
Imagine a woman who acknowledges the full range of human emotion.
A woman who expresses her feelings clearly and directly.
Who allows them to pass through her as naturally as the breath.
Imagine a woman who tells the truth.
A woman who trusts her experience of the world and expresses it.
Who refuses to defer to the perceptions, thoughts, and responses of others.
Imagine a woman who follows her creative impulses.
A woman who produces original creations.
Who refuses to color inside someone else's lines.
Imagine a woman who has relinquished the desire for intellectual approval.
A woman who makes a powerful statement with every action she takes.
Who asserts to herself the right to reorder the world.
Imagine a woman who has grown in knowledge and love of herself.
A woman who has vowed faithfulness to her own life.
Who remains loyal to herself. Regardless.
Imagine yourself as this woman.
"Imagine a Woman" © Patricia Lynn Reilly, 1995
Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself (Conari, 1999)