I suck at chess. I’m not a fan of Machiavelli either. He’s the dude narcissistic assholes look to for guidance on how to be an even bigger jerk.
I practiced law for almost a year before I realized it was a poor career choice for someone who hates to fight.
But, sometimes we have to fight, or we’ll die.
Earl Richards, a Canadian domestic violence advocate, is a prince of a man. He gave me the idea for this post in one of his many thoughtful and supportive comments.
We Aren’t Expendable Pawns in Somebody Else’s High-Stakes Games
Abused children are frequently conditioned by their abusive parents to become expendable pawns. We are taught that our lot in life is to serve the pleasure of our masters ~ narcissists who have crowned themselves king or queen.
We are taught ~ through harsh consequences ~ that we don’t dare challenge the authority of these illusory potentates. When we are kids, we don’t have much choice but to go along with this program. As adults, it can be risky business to take on an abusive boss or an abusive pit bull spouse or lover. There’s old wisdom that says if we take on the king, we better be prepared to kill him.
We All Have a Queen Residing Inside Our Heart and Soul
Even the most powerful king sooner or later discovers it doesn’t take much to reduce “important” to “impotent.” The root in “potentate,” “important,” “impotent,” and “potential” is “potent” which means powerful.
We have this destructive myth in our culture that men are strong and powerful, and women are weak and need to be protected. I think it is profoundly sad that most men and women don’t figure out the fallacy of this myth until it is too late for the relationship ~ around age 50. This is the age that most men experience impotence and realize how much they need the women in their lives. Sadly, by this time, most women are fed up with his nonsense and no longer care that he’s finally found his softer side.
Real power resides in love rather than fear. This is the power of our inner queens. . .whether we are male or female. . .gay or straight.
We All Have the Potential to Be Powerful Queens
Russian chess queen Alexandra Kosteniuk has mastered the art of strategic moves. She’s beaten the men at their own game. You can see the confidence and determination in her face. She’s the reigning queen because she has fully developed her potential.
Earl’s comment today reminded me that we all have the potential inside ourselves to be queens and make a difference. It takes a powerful dream, learning valuable skills, perseverance, patience, and practice. Some of our opponents may not play fair. But, we will win in the end if we play the game according to our own rules.
I think the essential difference between a pawn and a queen is that a queen knows in her heart and soul that she deserve to create her own game of life. She crafts a winning strategy which she artfully adjusts to stay one step ahead of her opponent.
We have to exercise our potential to experience our full power. If we don’t, we will become expendable pawns.
Adversity forces us to become resourceful and to advocate for ourselves. It forces us to discover our potential. We all have it inside ourselves.
“Bitch with a Bad Attitude”
Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women have a raucus tune, “Bitch with a Bad Attitude” that seems to automatically play in my head when I face adversity. Like many of you, I was conditioned to be a good girl. . .to play by other people’s rules. It has taken me a long time to develop the audacity to assert my right to live my life by my rules. . .to be a bitch with a bad attitude. . .to “kick ass and take names.” The first time I got really assertive on my own behalf, I think I shocked the hell out of a lot of people.
Some people, of course, didn’t like the new me and exited stage left. It didn’t take me long to realize I was better off without them. Their absence in my life allowed me to develop more supportive relationships with people who believe in me and support my dreams. Now, folks laugh when I say, “There’s Lightning in These Thunder Thighs” ~ that’s another tune on the Old, New, Borrowed & Blue album. They love my new Mae West attitude: when I’m good, I’m very, very good. When I’m bad, I’m betta!
It helps that a neighbor has a bumper sticker that spins the definition of the word “bitch.” I forget the details, but I think each of us can create our own. Here’s mine:
How do you spell “bitch?” How and when are you a bitch with a bad attitude?