A woman who shines is safe. Ideally, she is in a place in life where she is free from harm and abuse. She lives in a way that would not put herself or others in jeopardy. She is protected from danger or unexpected risk.
We realize that not all women are there yet. Over the years, we've met many women who were in abusive relationships. We've met women who were living in situations that were unstable or uncertain. We've met women who had walked down dangerous paths or were living in ways that put their health or well-being at risk. We've also met women who had signed up for self-sacrificing service that required them to put their lives in dangerous situations to help or protect others. There are women in parts of the world where safe living is sometimes hard. We are not guaranteed safety every moment of our lives. We are not promised protection from every danger that could come our way. We can't always count on ourselves or others to make our personal safety a priority. But, we can do more to ensure that girls and women are encouraged and equipped to live safely.
Dick Powell said, "Without individuals feeling safe and having an environment of safety, they then have reluctance of taking part in the city of being active."
A woman who shines is healthy. Our bodies house our hearts and minds. It is from them that we draw our physical strength and our bodily endurance. They represent our personal perimeter and the boundary from which we separate ourselves from others. It seems reasonable, if we are really wanting to do all we can to shine in life, that being healthy would give us the best platform from which to build.
We hope people will commit to being proactive and do what they can to maximize their health rather than minimize it. The SHINE Initiative puts an emphasis on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. When these areas are strong and stable, girls and women can be more prepared, both in heart and mind, for the many seasons of life.
Michelle Obama once said, "Communities and countries, and ultimately the world, are only as strong as the health of their women." We want to encourage and equip more organizations to offer programs that prioritize health among girls and women.
A woman who shines is inspired. She is inspired by the knowledge that she was uniquely created for immeasurable good. She knows that she is purposely unique and uniquely purposed. With this in mind, she recognizes the importance of positive influences and is proactive in seeking them out.
Girls and women who are inspired surround themselves with others who pour faith, hope, love, and light into their lives. They share their gifts, skills, and talents compassionately with others. They set positive goals for their lives and strive to achieve them. Inspired girls and women impact the community around them in positive ways.
It is through inspiration that girls and women find a deeper sense of purpose and belonging. John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” SHINE wants to encourage and equip more organizations to offer programs that inspire girls and women and cultivate leaders.
A woman who shines is nurtured. To nurture is to care for and encourage the growth and development of someone or something. Compassionate communities play an important role in the nurturing of both girls and women. It is imperative that we create communities that foster positive character growth and development. The responsibility to nurture doesn't have anything to do with DNA or blood lines. It is a commitment we all have to one another.
Steve Goodier wrote, "Children nurtured in kindness learn the value of understanding. Children taught to be self-sufficient, to respect others, to value education and to build life up rather than to tear it down will become adults capable of leading us to a brighter future."
Congratulations to the CASA of Tarrant County's Healing Relationships: Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Girls in Foster Care program on becoming our 2018 Rise and SHINE Grant Award Recipient in the area of Nurturing.
A woman who shines is educated. She has readily available access, opportunities, and resources to learn. She understands the value of knowledge, training, and skills. She yearns to know more. When she learns, she seeks to use what she knows to act wisely, justly, and compassionately.
We encourage women to think of how to positively impact the world, create a way to make it happen, surround it in love, and then give it to those in need. SHINE challenges our community to find more ways to educate and engage girls and women. It is critical that they understand how important and valuable education can be in their lives. Educated girls and women can change their community for the better.
Adelaide Hoodless said, "Educate a girl, and you educate a community."