I Am a Daughter of Freedom

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I am a Daughter of Freedom
I use my words to share ideas and tell stories
I use my words to make connections
I use my words and my life to light a Way towards Liberation—
for the one, for some, for many, and for myself.

I am a Daughter of Freedom
I stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before
and have walked the path of Liberation.
I honour where I come from and
I honour those who have shown us a more beautiful Way.

I am a Daughter of Freedom
I seek Light
I choose Love
I pursue Justice
I make Peace
I live into Restitution.

I am a Daughter of Freedom.
To the best of my humanity,
I choose to honor everyone.

May my Love, my faith, my life, my joy, my relationships and my reflections create a pathway of dignity, equality and Liberation for many.

I am a Daughter of Freedom.

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These words spilled over after journeying for two days in Durban with my companions on The Daring Way.

On the final day, we returned to a small arena on the grounds where Gandhi’s house is located and we were asked to present our Daring Way Manifesto. It is meant to remind us of who we really are and how we want to make a difference. After seven years of identifying as a Daughter of Apartheid, this was my statement that I am not only that. I am also a Daughter of Freedom.

I believe you are, too.

May these words remind you of who you are and may we light the Way.

 

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Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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  • Thank you, Idelette, for leading the way in defining yourself according to the temperature of your heart and the intent of your mission — today!

  • So powerful, Idelette. Love this.

  • Megan Gahan

    So rich and so powerful. Thank you for sharing your heart, friend.

  • Tracy Nelson

    ah, yes …sigh deep and fall in …. love this.

  • I love this shift in thinking, from apartheid to freedom. Thankful for new pathways being forged!

  • Helene Burns

    You truly are a stunning daughter of Freedom… i love you xoxo