I first met Nick Mapson last fall while working on my on-going series on how being in the military affects servicemen and women and their families. It’s called Homeland Heroes Tragedy to Triumph. I never expected the phone call I received from him last week telling me he and his family were on the verge of losing their home for the second time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat. I am a feminist. But let me quickly follow that up with I love men. I hate man bashing, want nothing to do with the man haters and have the utmost love and respect for all the men in my life. I just believe in equality. It’s that simple.
The Gold Star emblem became popular during World War I as a symbol on flags/banners flown by families who lost loved ones during the war. It allowed members of the community to know someone had died in the fight for freedom. Today, the modern version of these are the Gold Star Pins. They are worn in honor of a loved one who has lost their life during combat or active duty.
I hate confrontation. I like a good discussion but I don’t like it when people tend to get overly aggressive about their opinions and who’s right or wrong. But here it goes. I’m putting it out there and then running away. I feel bad for Monica Lewinsky. There, I said it.
Lewinsky of course is the woman responsible for “interngate”, the blue dress, the famous Bill Clinton quote, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”.
I tell you this story because it’s one of the foundations for how I now try to live my life every day, being mindful and grateful. That’s why I’ve come up with Sylvia’s 7 Daily Steps to a Happy Healthy Life. Get ready, they may seem a little on the pollyanna side but hey, it’s what works for me.
I’ve always considered myself a feminist. I’ve never thought that was a derogatory word. I know some people do. To me, it just means equality for men and women. Yet, here it is 2015 and it’s an issue we as a society still struggle with. Webster’s dictionary defines it as the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. So why does the issue of the gender pay gap keep rearing it’s ugly head. I’m the mother of two daughters and I don’t want this to remain an issue when my girls venture out into the workforce. But I’m sure it will. And why are women criticized when we bring it up?