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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

Malini Saba Legacy

Malini Saba Legacy

Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways.

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.