Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen proposes that it is time to reclaim and redefine “crone” from the word pile of disparaging names to call older women, and to make becoming a “crone” a crowning inner achievement of the third phase of life.  A true crone is …

accepting, bold, cheeky, compassionate, discerning, empowered, fierce, of grace, insightful, intuitive, judicious, juicy, knowing, loving, mature, perceptive, resilient, sage, sharp, trusting, upbeat, vibrant, wise

Dr. Bolen states, “To be a crone is about inner development, not outer appearance.  A crone is a woman who has wisdom, compassion, humor, courage, and vitality.  She has a sense of truly being herself, can express what she knows and feels, and take action when need be.  She does not avert her eyes or numb her mind from reality.  She can see the flaws and imperfections in herself and others, but the light in which she sees is not harsh or judgmental.  She has learned to trust herself to know what she knows.” (from “Crones Don’t Whine”)

Even though Dr. Bolen is speaking of women in their prime post-menopausal years, you’re never too young or too male to walk the crone’s path.  And, for all the exceptional men out there who agree, this makes you a “crony” and not a curmudgeon!

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