* Inspired by Malala
This week I’m inspired by the Malala Yousafzai. In October 2012, the 15-year-old Pakistan girl was shot point-blank in the head by a Taliban gunman for speaking for the right of girls to attend school. It's astounding enough that she's made a nearly full recovery from the care she's received in England. But even more impressive is that this week she returneded to school (in the UK) to resume her education, and announced that she will write a book on the right of children around the world, especially girls, to be educated. Today there are 32 million girls around the world who are unable to attend school.
Malala is a remarkable young woman who started her career as an activist at age twelve, when Taliban militants shut down her school and banned girls from entering classrooms. Since 2007, Taliban extremists of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan have bombed hundreds of schools, killed hundreds of school children, and established an edict that bans girls from education. Malala spoke out against this edict and for the right to receive an education. This incensed a group of Taliban that shot her.
In an ABC news report that aired last week, Malala speaks to the world for the first time since the attack. I watched Malala in awe. Her eloquence and grace are more that of a wise woman than a schoolgirl. You can see the news report here:
Her mission is clear in her statement, “I want to serve. I want to serve the people. And I want every girl, every child, to be educated.”
Like a phoenix, Malala has risen from the ashes only to make a more powerful and beautiful expression of her truth and vision. She’s a natural-born leader with the fortitude to accomplish her purpose.
Malala operates from an unusually high plane of consciousness. She’s raising the vibration of the planet by courageously expressing her positive ideals and acting from her heart. She isn’t vengeful, angry or victimized, but rather more passionate and charged to accomplish her mission. And she’s smart enough to identify an opportunity that will help fuel the little spark that ignited in her a few years ago.
I hold Malala as a role model for all of us who want to improve the lives of women, men and the planet. She challenges me to reflect on my own commitment and effectiveness. I ask myself: Is my purpose clear and message on-point? Do I have the courage to speak my truth to people with different ideals? Am I so passionate about my vision that I would continue working while recovering from an illness or accident? Do I possess the consciousness to speak gently, with love, and strictly in positive terms?
Malala was sent to this planet for a higher purpose, for the benefit of girls and women, whether they are trying to get into school-age or running a business. Today I light a candle in gratitude for her place on the planet, and the inspiration she provides me.
I hope to be like Malala when I grow up.