The Queen of My Self

Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days:

“I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future.”

If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting;
if we said it when we see ponds and lakes and streams, we
would have to stop using them as garbage dumps and sewers;
if we said it to small children, we would have to stop abusing
them, even in the name of training; if we said it to people, we
would have to stop stoking the fires of enmity around us.
Beauty and human warmth would take root in us like a clear,
hot June day. We would change.

– Joan Chittister

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Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She offers counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity. Consult the MIDLIFE MIDWIFE™

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