Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Essays By Laurence Platt

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The Woman She Creates Herself To Be

Atlas Peak Appellation, Napa Valley, California, USA

May 21, 2012

This essay, The Woman She Creates Herself To Be, is the eleventh in a group of sixteen about my daughter Alexandra:
  1. Alexandra
  2. Babe On The Freeway
  3. Light In The Night
  4. Alexandra II
  5. Santa Barbara
  6. True Gold
  7. Goleta Beach
  8. Getting Into Your World
  9. Fly Baby Bird!
  10. Celebration At Essaouira
  11. The Woman She Creates Herself To Be
  12. City Girl
  13. Vocal Prowess
  14. Lost And Found: A Tale Of Ownership, Loss, And Triumph
  15. Girly Girl
  16. My Baby Girl, Now A Bride
in that order.

It is also the tenth in a group of fifteen on Creating: I am indebted to my daughter Alexandra Lindsey Platt who inspired this conversation.

My daughter Alexandra has been awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship by the European Commission. My heartfelt thanks go especially to all those of you who co‑created and co‑intended this outcome with Alexandra and me. This full ride  Erasmus Mundus scholarship will allow Alexandra to continue her study path which she started at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California in 2008, then continued at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid  in Madrid, Spain in 2010, and pursue a Master's degree in Global Studies, a two year course, in Europe from 2012 to 2014.

Her first year of study will be at the London School of Economics in London, England. Her second year of study will be at the Roskilde Universitet  in Roskilde, Denmark, near Copenhagen.

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship will cover all her college tuition. It will also cover one thousand Euros per month living expenses. In addition, it will also cover a stipend of eight thousand Euros for her traveling between the United States and Europe.

Alexandra is beside herself with joy. I told her this is the universe recognizing and acknowledging the woman she creates herself to be. It's truly awesome. We both cried when we got the news.

I'll be visiting her at least four times during her tenure in Europe, and have already eagerly started planning my travel.

To those of you who've sent congratulations, Alexandra and I are blown away by your support. I'd like to respond to each and every one of you individually. I really would. That would require about five hundred responses so far: to e-mails, phone calls, voicemails, likes, comments, and messages.

This is a big celebration party. Please accept this, my generalized thanks and appreciation to all  of you and to each  of you - individually and personally.

I would like to say in honor of my daughter and best friend Alexandra that the Erasmus Mundus scholarship didn't just drop out of the sky onto her lap. It didn't just "happen" to her. This is the result of years (at least a decade and more) of hard work which she made look easy and fun.

Laurence and Alexandra Platt
Father And Daughter
Photography by Father Avram Brown - Napa Valley, California, USA - Thursday September 11, 2003
What's inspiring about Alexandra's story is she isn't merely the poster child for a lottery she was lucky enough to win (actually, I suppose that could  be apropos but only if it implies what South African golf legend Gary Player implied when he said famously "The harder I practice, the luckier I get  ..."). No, Alexandra is living proof of the result of her own creativity and intentionality which, when combined, made for a powerful generative  force in her world, powerful enough to transform her life, powerful enough to call forth a future for her which she loves, which otherwise wouldn't have happened.

Again Thank You.

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