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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The scene I tuned in on was her boss telling her that it wasn't possible to have it all. That men were luckier--they had wives to handle their lives so they could focus on career. That sacrifices have to me made to be successful. Indeed, the Keaton character ends up being taken off a huge account that she brought into the firm and put on a lower profile one. She chooses to leave the company.
It made me think that it has been 40 years since I came of age in the 1960's, the heart and soul of the womens' movement. Back then, women were just beginning to come to the work force at the same time they were being moms. Growing up, my mother was one of two I knew who worked outside the home. Nowadays, it is much more the norm.
I think the reason this triggered a need to write is my new blogger buddy, Elizabeth Spann Craig. She writes at home while raising two children. Yesterday, she blogged about writing at the roller skating rink, disco music blaring and all. I admire her so much for so many reasons. I know sacrifices are probably being made in her family, but she is finding a way to do what she needs to do for herself (successfully, I might add) and raise her children.
It makes my heart happy that so much progress has been made since I was a young woman. I know there is still a glass ceiling. I know that women still don't earn equal pay for equal work. But the fact that women can have fulfilling careers and be moms at the same time and make that work for all concerned, is a paradigm shift of monumental proportion.