The late Margaret Thatcher once quoted the following;
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
She had a point. Women are doers. We just get on with it, some of us may complain, but we do what is required at a given time. Obviously I cannot speak for every woman but the majority of us will not hesitate to accommodate the needs of our immediate families, extended families, friends and so on. It is in our nature to go above and beyond the call of duty. It is the way we are made – born nurturers.
I often think about the many roles that women carry; wife/partner, mother/guardian, employee/business owner, cook, cleaner, counsellor, nurse, tutor, driver.
*This list is by no means exhaustive!
I must stress that my husband is very hands on. He takes his role as a father seriously, he enjoys spending time with our children and does his fair share of housework. It is possible that I take on too much to begin with. My husband jokes that I am like a robot and he would like to wind me in just a little!
The truth is I need to learn to relax at various intervals during the day and not just in the late evening when the children are asleep and my husband is tapping away at his laptop. Maybe then I would not feel so overwhelmed by my responsibilities.
I am always inspired and challenged when I read about the virtuous woman in Proverbs chapter 31 verse 10-31. She truly embraces her role as a woman. I am not quite there yet and have to remind myself to enjoy the journey which can be likened to riding on a roller coaster – fun but there are times you want to ‘get off’.
It is a privilege to be a woman and I often take this for granted. I had the joy of carrying and nursing two children, people entrust me with matters close to their heart and I put the seal on making our house a home.
Do you embrace your role?
Perhaps you do not like being defined by a role as such?