I was listening to a woman member of the British Parliament being interviewed by a journalist. Something insightful came up which the journalist himself found extremely interesting. It was how this remarkable woman had slowly learnt to negotiate her way through what was essentially a male dominated world, by learning a skill of using different levels of assertiveness in any given situation. It was something she’d consciously worked out for herself and it was fascinating to listen to how she did it.
The process began unconsciously in her. She didn’t even realize that the skill was growing and developing in her. It just seemed she began to cope better in the situation. Then, suddenly in a moment of illumination, she actually saw the skill and how it was working in her. She was then able hone and shape it even further. Kind of like a seed growing underneath the soil and then suddenly bursting forth in to the light.
Once again I found myself full of admiration for the human spirit with its wonderful ability to acquire and grow techniques, not sure whether that’s the right word, for preventing oppressive surroundings from penetrating and colonizing it’s soul.