“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote from Emerson gently ends this Owl & Twine blog post by Katie. Her post validates what I’ve often said about a person’s core purpose in this life and how easily in the everyday of living it is overlooked. Since the late 1960’s, women have been misled into believing that to be of any worth they must accomplish something more — more than “just being a mother and raising a family.” Sadly, while there are a good many women who have gone on to break barriers in careers once held exclusively by men, the reality is that “more” has morphed into little more that holding down a job. A job needed to survive as a single mother, or a job needed as a second income to survive marriage and parenthood, and the desires and wants of a world that continues to tell us that we do not have it all — yet.
What if the messaged changed? What if, instead of making women feel that they needed to be or have more, the message gave value to our core, our center? What if, to paraphrase Katie’s words, we recognized our real power — to grow a person, and to grow another person, and that it is in the growing of people that generations come to be?
Families hold great power. Parents that value their children. Children who respect and value their parents. Siblings who value their sisters & brothers. Adults who continue to value their parents, siblings, their siblings’ spouses, and their in-laws, while growing into aunts and uncles who value their nephews and nieces.
We are more than consumers of products and words strewn across screens and airwaves and magazine pages.
From the very beginning, we are born with a profound purpose, whether we birth children naturally, adopt, provide foster care, or have no offspring of our own. We all have important roles connected to this inherent purpose.
We are women and we are the preservers of the human race.