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Reflection & Patterns

Understanding the Concept of ‘Fierce’

Back in 2010, I wrote a blog post about re-invention and metaphor. I used this term to describe the metamorphosis we all experience when we change our own definitions, but I focused on the power it took to make those changes. In that exploration, I realised one of the aspects of myself I wanted to ‘reinvent’ was something I’d always been criticised for: Ferocity.

As a child, it was passion. Excitement. Joy.
When a teenager, it became anger.
As a young adult, it morphed into that horror at injustices.
Once an adult, I recognise it for its pure power once again: it is energy, and I can harness that in whatever I do.

It is my motivation; it is my energy on exhausted days. It is the voice whispering that tomorrow will be better.


When my cat struts across the living room to flop across the windowsill: does she worry about her anger? Does she feel like giving up because she’s tired?

No. She accepts that she is fierce.
She doesn’t question her power, she just trusts it to serve her will.


I recognised this power within me; the ability to get through anything while still shining. I am fierce, and my role in this world is to harness and understand that ferocity and let it empower people.

What will your role be? What metaphors are you using to define your life?

What are the negative qualities, aspects, associations, attributes of the problem word?
What sort of qualities, aspects and feelings does the word I want contain?


“Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mates and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave.”

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes from “Women Who Run With The Wolves”.


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