Story is the mother of us all. Everyone has a story. Stories are the narrative of our life. They are at the heart of us.
Women do extraordinary things whether in response to ordinary or extraordinary events. Yet they are often understated about their own worth, and lack confidence in sharing their stories. Australian women even more so. But, at various times in our lives, every woman is a rebel, resourceful and remarkable. And remarkably resilient. Something worth celebrating.
WOWA is seeking stories about Australian women's wisdom. Stories everyone can relate to - funny, sad, weird, wonderful, exciting, angry, embarrassing, challenging, hopeful, joyous, triumphant, and heartbreaking. Stories with a diverse range of insights into Australian women generally - past and present; city or country; young, old or anywhere in between; and encompassing all cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Using this broader women’s canvas to gather together our shared, multicultural wisdom to move towards a wiser, more balanced, more understanding and more feminine world Down Under.
Your story might be a personal story or about another Australian woman – Her Story. The descriptor Australian applies to any woman who has lived here and called Australia home at some time in their lives. It is not the story of your life, but a story about a significant time in your life - a turning point, a pivotal moment. A time in your life when you had to draw deep. On resources you didn’t know you had. Or a time in your life which crystallised who you wanted to be, the pathway you chose.
Your story may centre on a journey, an event, or a stage in your life – family, childhood, adolescence, school, finances, religion, work, infertility, adoption, age, ageing, parenting, trauma, sexuality, abuse, love and loss. A time in your life when you felt compelled to act. Maybe to do something you have never done before. When you listened to that inner voice, that tells what is right for you, or those depending on you. And somehow found the courage to make it happen.
Or maybe it was after the event. After something horrendous, or hilarious, or embarrassing happened, and you had to pick up the pieces and start over again. And later the wisdom these precious times in our lives can engender. For you, and for those who one day will hear your stories. The things we do which give meaning and purpose to our lives. And so the ripples from the heart, the wisdom, spirals outwards and gathers momentum.
Your story, and the links to other stories, will become an ongoing reference and resource on www.womenofwisdomaustralia.org. And some will be captured in the book – HERSTORY Wonderfully Wise Stories About Australian Women edited by Christine Lister.
Suggested word count: approximately 1000-2000 words. Please send as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org
For guidance crafting your stories:
https://www.storywise.com.au Sign up for the Comprehensive Seven Step Story Crafting Worksheet
http://positivewriter.com/write-your-story/ How To Write Your Story In Six Steps
THE MEANING OF WISDOM
The ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgements.
The store of knowledge that a society or culture has collected over a long period of time.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding. PROVERBS, IV, 7
Epigraph THE GETTING OF WISDOM, Henry Handel Richardson