Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak comes in handy. Certainly, no young wizard should be without one. How else to spy on Professor Snape and Draco Malfoy? How else to prowl the halls of Hogwarts on a vital mission?
For the rest of us, though, I think invisibility cloaks are definitely a disadvantage.
You might be wondering what the heck I’m talking about. “I don’t own an invisibility cloak, for heaven’s sake,” you may be thinking. “I wish I did!”
Well, the truth is, you probably have a closet full of them, just as I do. Invisibility cloaks are the ways we sneak under the radar, play small, don’t speak up for ourselves or others when it’s important to take a stand. Putting on weight can be an invisibility cloak. Not pursuing your personal dream is an invisibility cloak. Accepting unacceptable behavior from others is an invisibility cloak.
What the world needs now is people–particularly women–who are willing to throw off their cloaks and speak the truth. The planet is in peril, and we cannot afford to be invisible.
We cannot wait for the wise ones to come along. We must become the wise ones.