wild grasses by the beach, Pescadero, Canon Digital Rebel XTi
This was the message of the photography show I saw on Friday night called Women Empowered. It was a new collection of photos by one of my favorite photographers, Phil Borges. He gathered portraits and stories from women in remote parts of the world who have empowered themselves and their communities. The stories are deeply moving and uplifting. If you haven’t seen Phil Borges photography yet, you’re in for a treat.
I also had the pleasure of seeing Kris Carr (who wrote Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips) at the Elephant Pharmacy yesterday. Her book is gorgeous and deep and totally inspiring.
At the reading, I was first moved by all of these beautiful women in line waiting to have their books signed. They were young, they were pretty, they looked so healthy! One by one I was overhearing their stories… “I’ve been battling cancer for 14 years… ” “I have cancer too…” “Thank you for your book. I wish I had it ten years ago.” I remembered that we have no idea what private battles people are facing when we walk down the street. It was a great reminder to have more compassion and gratitude as I move about the world.
I felt a little shy to get the book at first. Do I need to have cancer to read it? But as I flipped through I realized that it was about cancer yes, but it parallels so many of our journeys-infertility, depression, MS, etc. I think you, dear readers will be moved and uplifted by it. Have any of you read it?