Meet Jimmy

OK.  So you met Fred.  Yesterday, I met someone else.  Another voice. A wise, encouraging, kind voice.  One who has a history of speaking of the inherent value of women and their contributions to the world.  One who does know me.  Who sees me for who I am — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and still loves me and believes in me.

I was asked to give a persona to this voice and in my heart of hearts, I really wanted it to be Maya Angelou, who penned these words:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

When I say I wanted the personification of my inner strength to be Maya Angelou, I mean I really wanted it to be her.  Wanted it so much I even looked at the personification and said, “You were supposed to be Maya Angelou.”  He (yes he) calmly replied, “Well, I’m me.”

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter is the personification of my inner wisdom.  My courage. My strength.  My sense of value and worth and ability.  The voice I want to encourage to speak loudly.

What in the world?

In some ways, it makes sense.  He has regularly spoken for truth and fairness and the value of all mankind.  He’s a peacemaker.  Not just a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker.  He addresses problems and does something about them, but in that process, he is always kind. Always calm.  Always respectful.  Even when he’s on the receiving end of criticism, he is kind and respectful of others.

It was a bit of a conundrum that he — my inner voice — was a man.  Does this mean I can’t accept wisdom from women or that I feel I need a man to give me permission to be strong? I don’t think so.  I believe it means I am able to look past gender and see the core of people.  I don’t label or stereotype based on physical appearance or bodies.  I’m able to see all people as that — people created in the image of the Divine and bearers of that light and love into the world.

So, shut up Fred and welcome Jimmy.  It’s very good to make your acquaintance.


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  1. Jimmy Carter is strong in you. Your wisdom is strong. I am proud of you identifying the different parts of your self and listening to the healthy voices and telling Fred and MC to shut up. I love you very very much!


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