Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What Most Women Find out the Hard Way

My name was pulled at a recent writers’ meeting, and I walked away with a new book to read, the title of which is, If You Want to Write, by Brenda Ueland. Of all the helpful advice I gleaned from this book, it was the following excerpt that gave me the greatest pleasure.

...the lives of most women are so vaguely unsatisfactory. They are always doing secondary and menial things (that do not require all their gifts and ability) for others and never anything for themselves. Society and husbands praise them for it (when they get too miserable or have nervous breakdowns) though always a little perplexedly and half-heartedly and just to be consoling. The poor wives are reminded that that is just why women are so splendid – because they are so unselfish and self-sacrificing and that is the wonderful thing about them!
But inwardly women know that something is wrong. Menial work at the expense of all true, ardent, creative work is a sin against the Holy Ghost.

“How wonderful!” I thought, at being absolved of an untidy house.

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