This Will Not Be Tolerated in My Home
You’ve all said, or heard another mother (my own mom for sure!) say, “that will not be tolerated in my home!”
This weekend I attended a global poverty conference in Washington DC organized by a grass-roots advocacy group, Results. One of their keynote speakers was Marianne Williamson, author and speaker.
She talked about being part of a generation that thought their mothers lives as traditional at-home homemakers was lacking in meaning and excitement. Marianne wanted to do something “important” in the world and lead a more impactful life. She explained over time that she came to a powerful conclusion. It was a conclusion that honored both her and her mother’s paths.
“I’ve learned that women are made to care for the home and for children — and we know that the whole earth is our home and the world’s children are all our children. And (poverty, hunger and disease) will NOT BE TOLERATED IN OUR HOME!”
I was left weeping and energized. And with the deep knowledge that it’s time to clean house!
That’s beautiful. When I turned that corner about 8 years ago, it was so freeing. Yes, I was created to be a nurturer of my home, husband and children. Don’t fight that by trying to be something else. AND….I can carry that nurturing into my corporate job, volunteer world and all the social injustices that weigh heavy on my heart. And I don’t need to do it like all the corporate male executives out there. I need to do it like the woman I was designed to be :) Thanks so much for posting this!
It can’t be an either/or proposition. Whether it’s volunteer work, paid work or something of a hybrid, our voices have to be raised for our own kids AND others in more vulnerable environments. I love how you expressed it — “I need to do it like the woman I was designed to be” — YES! It’s in our authenticity that our real power shines through. And THAT’s when we make the real difference.
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