Crossing the Shadow of the Sword

“Across the broad continent of a woman’s life falls the shadow of a sword. On one side all is correct, definite, orderly; the paths are straight, the trees regular, the sun shaded; escorted by gentlemen, protected by policemen, wedded and buried by clergymen, she has only to walk demurely from cradle to grave and no one will touch a hair of her head. But on the other side all is confusion. Nothing follows a regular course. The paths wind between bogs and precipices; the trees roar and rock and fall in ruin.”
Virginia Woolf

Virginia was onto something when she wrote this. Even today, women choose to play it safe; following convention and sadly, end up living someone else’s life. Why do women do this to themselves? We surely didn’t start out this way. When we were teenagers, we were on fire with a passion for life and ready to conquer anything that came our way. We were a brave lot, full of confidence and laughter. But as we grew into our adulthood, we changed. We became fearful. Fearful of losing the things we held dear to our hearts. Many of us diminished our fire within so that society accepted us and our reputation stayed intact. We’re raised to believe that it’s not proper to pursue your bliss if it means your house might get messy or if your attention isn’t consistently on raising your family. Eventually, we end up losing ourselves in the mundane; not even recognizing ourselves when we catch a glimpse of our reflection in the mirror.

How secretively wonderful it would be to cross over the shadow of that sword Virginia speaks of. How wildly interesting life would become if we were to take that step. Yes, there would be confusion and the paths would wind perilously through shadows. But that is when our heart starts pumping again. Life races through our veins when we face the unknown with courage. Crossing over the shadow of the sword does not mean that we’re leaving the life we know behind us. No, we’re not leaving the kids, our partners, our work, or our homes. But it does mean that we’re venturing to make our own path and to become the women we were meant to be. Many of us will never take a “full leap” into the shadow, but we can dip a toe in to test the waters from time to time to see where it leads us.

One of my favorite quotes is by a nineteenth-century theologian, William Shedd. It goes, “A ship remains safe in the harbor, but that’s not the purpose of a ship.” We were created to explore, examine, and bring into being things that stir our souls. What is calling out to your soul? Is it a desire to paint? To dance? Rock climb? Start your own business? Do you have the yearning to go back to college and finish your degree? Attend that daily yoga class? Join a book club? Become a writer? When we choose to follow our bliss, we feel whole and alive again. This radical act will certainly cause some stirrings at home. From experience, we know that if our attention is on something other than what its been on all these years – cleaning house, wiping noses, making dinner, etc. – we’ll hear grumblings. But we’ll pursue our bliss anyway. And we will be transformed.


About PollyMeyer

I studied everything about being on-camera to promote myself as a successful on-camera Commercial Talent, TV Host, and Presenter. I studied with top experts in the media. I further developed these on-camera skills as a Video Producer coaching and directing business professionals on how to make a connection with the camera, and to come across the lens as Confident, Knowledgeable, and Likable. I developed soundbites and message content for corporate videos and presentations. I became an expert in media training. My passion is showing my clients and students how develop their ON-CAMERA Media skills STRATEGICALLY to GET RESULTS! I created IMAGE ON CAMERA, a boutique media training partnership. We direct you on camera in our Minneapolis studio. We walk you through from start to finish. We coach you in developing a dynamic on-camera presence, help you get clear on your message, rehearse your soundbites, structure your videos, plan your media strategy, and rehearse interview techniques. Everything is filmed so you'll quickly get instant replay and feedback. We have a full service video production studio and can film and edit your videos for you! If you're wanting to shoot your own videos, we can train you in the art of Social Media Prep. CONNECT WITH ME IF... ✓ You're a business owner or entrepreneur and would like to feel MORE CONFIDENT, MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE, and MORE DYNAMIC in front of the camera and when giving presentations. ✓ You're looking for a media trainer for your organization or association, a workshop or a keynote speaker for your conference. ✓ You're wanting a coach to walk with you from start to finish. ✓ You offer professional services (i.e. coach, consultant, lawyer, accountant, financial services etc.) & want to be known as the LEADING AUTHORITY in your community. We can show you how to be seen as this authority using video. Contact me for a custom solution to all of your ON-CAMERA, MEDIA, and VIDEO PRODUCTION needs:
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