During the 75th Annual Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B Demille Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of entertainment. As expected, her acceptance speech did not disappoint. She reminded us of a few important things, one being that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool you have. The other was a message for all the little girls who need to know “a new day is on the horizon and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women plus some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say #metoo again”
Oprah always speaks from the heart and her words usually find a way to inspire us to action. This time, her message got me thinking about the messages we should all be sending to the little girls of the world. We have a responsibility to them too. Just like Oprah used the Golden Globes’ platform to empower, we can use our own personal platforms as opportunities to do the same.
If you had the opportunity to speak to the little girls of the world, what would you say? I know what I would say. It’s the same message I wish I had the courage to say to myself when I was growing up. I would tell them all of the following:
1. God loves you, and always will
2. You are more powerful than you know
3. Yes, you can
4. You are beautiful
5. You are smart
6. Go get it.
7. Take a chance on yourself
8. Do what you love
9. Don’t ever dim your light
10. Love who you are
11. Trust yourself and your abilities
13. Be confident
14. Ask for what you want
15. Speak love to others, any chance you get
We all have some little girl watching us; how we respond to things, how we pursue our passions and how we move forward despite fear. They’re watching us, so it’s important we share messages that encourage them to act and to start thinking about courage and confidence now. It’s never too soon to start building up our girls with words of wisdom. So, if you had a platform, what message would you share?