We write notes to ourselves to remind of things we need to remember.
We make lists, we read quotes — to keep in the forefront of our minds that which bring us peace, make us smile, give us direction.
That's why sayings on jewelry make so much sense. (Certainly better than writing on your hand a la Sarah Palin). Because you're wearing where you can see them, so they can be a constant reminder.
I came upon this bracelet via Marianne Shnall's Facebook update. Schnall is the author of Daring To Be Ourselves, an invaluable collection of words-and-wisdom from influential women. And one of the contributors to that book designed the bracelets — none other than Gloria Steinem!
And the words embedded into the Swarvoski pearls in grey and faceted silver and black glass beads provide a message we very much need to be constantly reminded of:
We Are Linked
Why? Well, when I first began writing for Life Goes Strong, I wrote a column called Mean Girls No More.
It seemed to be that once you join the "club" of women of a certain age, there was a much more palpable feeling of support and, dare I say it, sisterhood, exemplified by women I met like Gigi Schilling who runs the Over Fifty & Irresistible Facebook page and author Amy Ferris (Marrying George Clooney - Confessions of a Midlife Crisis, A is for Ambien) whose daily updates are a constant source of inspiration, and the Silver Sisters of Going Gray, Looking Great.
So, I am reminded for the need for a bracelet such as this. As I noted in a speech at a rally where I spoke alongside remarkable women like Martha Plimpton, comedienne/ host Leighann Lord, and author Barbara Grufferman that was perfectly detailed in a Huffington Post article by Marcia Yerman:
When you look at the woman next to you, you can't be in competition if you are holding hands."
And if you're holding hands while wearing the bracelet, you can't fail to notice that we are here to support each other. And so... You can't fail.
The bracelets are available for $49 (there are two, with another version in red) at MaidenNation.com, a site where designers are invited to share their dreams as to what a nation could be. Check it out and exercise your imagination.
Oh, P.S. Don't forget to to get out and dance on V-Day, February 14, when one billion+ women across the world will wordlessly say no to violence against women.
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