They say you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Outside of the obvious (close friends and family), who else is influencing you?
If you’re like most people, you can probably find the answer in your Twitter feed and YouTube history. And if you’re a reader, check your Goodreads shelf. (Here’s mine, by the way. Follow me if you’d like to see what I’m reading!)
Women and girls need strong, positive role models to balance out some of the sadder examples in their Instagram feeds. This holiday season, your go-to gift for the friends, sisters, daughters, and mothers you love is Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming.’
Buy it here. Image via Michelle Obama’s official Facebook.
We Can Be Above Politics
Most people will simply stop listening upon hearing a person’s name if they associate it with a capital-t “Them.” Obama shows us, with apparent ease, how to listen, and care, and help, without being distracted by political differences.
Most people will simply stop listening upon hearing a person’s name if they associate it with a capital-t “Them.”
She teaches us how to navigate even the most acute arenas of politics without “taking sides” when it comes to the person behind the policies. This is possibly the most necessary medicine in 2018, after more than a decade of increasing animosity and polarization in the US.
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We Can Hold Our Ground
Having set those politics aside, she does still see people for who they are—and doesn’t give ground to her enemies. As women, we are taught to be agreeable and pleasant, even at our own expense. Words can hurt. Obama shows us how to stand our ground against even the ugliest attacks without compromising our integrity. She shows us when to fight, how to fight, and how to do it without losing sight of our goals.
We Can Make Mistakes
Many women today feel pressure to “have it all,” and when we try and fail, we feel defeated. Obama tells stories about times when she realized she couldn’t do all, have all, be all, and gave herself permission to make mistakes.
Obama shows us how to step back, take stock of our reality, accept it, and just do the best we can.
Rather than berate ourselves or drive ourselves into the ground, Obama shows us how to step back, take stock of our reality, accept it, and just do the best we can.
What other books by women authors are you gifting to family and friends this year? Leave a comment!
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