Lean on me

Hiiiii! Thank you for being here and if this is your first SPARK! a big hello to you. I started Women on Fire 10 years ago as a way for women to connect to each other and discover inspiration, strategies and support to help them move forward in their lives.

And, so far, it seems to been working out really well!

My heart gets so happy every time I hear or read about two or more Women on Fire getting together to give each other a boost. It happens every day all over the country.

Last week Women on Fire members Heike Vogel and Jenifer Madson grabbed lunch together in New York City and took this picture. I can imagine all of the great things that happened when these two powerhouses came together!

Heike and Jen are both co-authors in our upcoming book Women on Fire: 21 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!), Volume 2.  You will be touched by their personal stories. What these accomplished women overcame to achieve their successes will astonish and inspire you.

The book will be out in early fall and we’ll let you know the minute it’s available.

Today, I want to tell you about the best movie I’ve seen this year — 20 Feet From Stardom.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I hope you will.

Click here to watch the trailer for this extraordinary film.

Right now, even though it’s been a week since I saw it, I have two songs from it  dancing in my head —  Lean on Me by Bill Withers and the haunting Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones.

What these songs — and almost every other song you know and love — have in common is that their power is driven by nearly anonymous women back-up singers. And, the documentary shows the journey of some of the most famous of them — Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega and Judith Hill.

We’ve all heard a lot lately — made popular by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — about the importance for women to “lean in” or “lean out.”

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After watching and listening to the music in 20 Feet From Stardom, I’m convinced more than ever we need to “lean on” each other. Not in an icky, co-dependent, one-way-street kind of way.  In an I’ll-lean-on-you and you-lean-on-me way of powerful mutual love, inspiration and support.

In the way Bill Withers sang it:

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

The women in the movie used their considerable gifts, strengths and talents to move their lives forward but often found themselves closed out from stardom, great financial reward or from the coveted role of being the lead singer.

The movie left me wondering if they had joined forces in a concerted effort to help each other succeed, would they have reached even greater dreams?

Go see the movie. And let me know what you think.

Have a really wonderful week! I hope you’re doing something special for yourself this week.

Rob and I are out the door in a minute to see The Butler.  Seems like it’s a good summer for movies.