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This will be brief, friends. There is so much to share on yesterday’s event with the SoCal Girl Scout Council. I will tell you about that soon; it’ll be even better once I get our group photo. But frankly, I’m still processing. It was very moving to be able to connect with youth on Powerful Peace, in this case focused on the widespread crisis of bullying.
It can be so devastating for a sensitive young girl. And when we damage those, we raise wounded women. Some like to callously say everyone just needs to suck it up / toughen up and deal with the “real world” of mean relationships…I reject that. SEAL training is one thing. We voluntarily take on intense rigors with the understanding it will harden us for hard work to come. Day-to-day life is another thing entirely. We make our youth stronger, and far more healthy and effective future leaders, by teaching them to respect others and themselves.
In fact with these young ladies, I specifically asked that they “demand respect” from boys. I told them they deserve to hold themselves to a standard of personal choices and behavior they can be proud of, and require the same of young men who want their attention.
I mentioned that this will be a quick post, so I want to wrap up with a story that made my day yesterday. After meeting with the Council, but while still basking in the amazingness that is the picturesque valley hamlet of Idyllwild, I got a text from my 11-year-old Baby Girl. (Yes, I know “Baby” can be a demeaning term, but she likes to be called that by her Daddy. Some of you ladies can probably relate.)
She texted, and I quote: “Dadda, war doesnt prove whos right only whos left.”
PROUD DADDA! I was so proud of this young child (MY child!), who could grasp the relevance of a bumper sticker she saw somewhere, to her Daddy’s work. And you can be sure I told her that I am so proud of her. She will be a powerful woman one day. We will all be better off for that.