Panelists agreed that to go forward, one has to let go of the past. The potential we haven't yet reached. The mistakes we make. The bosses we disappoint. Those who disappoint us.
Patty Chang Anker, author of "Some Nerve," spoke about trying to end her "decade of" feeling like a failure. She hired an organizer to help her dig out from her office clutter. The organizer honed in on the one precisely-kept box of files. It was from her previous job at the New York Times. While she hadn't had this job in years, she held onto it as her career identity. The organizer said, "Let's start here." She was petrified to empty it. But over a period of time, she began to fill it with her present writings, which became her book and a new career chapter. As the song goes, "Let it Go."
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Gail Sheehy called for a new revolution of women coming together to make child care more affordable and accessible. No more bra burnings, please. I'd say the best movement is to be ourselves. Speak candidly. From the heart. It'll infuse courage in others. And, as a result, more people will move forward with less stress, depression and with more joy.
Candy Chang, the creator of the "Before I Die" project, which started when she stenciled the words "Before I Die I Want to ____" on a chalkboard on an abandoned house in New Orleans, knows the power of personal expression. She said there are now 425 "Before I Die" walls in over 25 languages and over 60 countries.
Now if we can just get our female politicians to speak from the heart.
Commentary by Raina Grossman, a media relations/public relations specialist. She is currently completing her first novel, "Free Will." Follow her on Twitter @rainag18.