Men (and Women) at Work

Men at Work

Good Morning, God!

There is something fascinating about men at work. I was going to say “people” at work — but, then I stopped to wonder — would  “women” at work be as interesting to me?

Hmm. Now days, God, it COULD be a woman up there working. But — now that I stop to think about it — I am not fascinated by “traditional women’s work.” Hmm. A Voice from deep down inside me replies — women have been stuck with BORING work.

That, at least, feels like the reality I grew up with. My mother — a very bright and able woman — didn’t work outside the home. What would she have DONE without reading and scrabble and bridge and friends?

As for myself, God, HAVING to go to work when we moved to (expensive) Hawaii opened up my world. I LOVED work. I loved working with other people. I loved having to THINK! And I loved working on projects that — more or less — stayed done.

Women’s At-Home-Work, even now, doesn’t stay done. Most of it is part of the great flow of daily duties. Shopping, Cooking, Cleaning up, Doing Dishes, Sweeping, Dusting, Mending. Now, God, all of these things CAN be seen as meaningful — can be enjoyed — can be done purposefully.  Hmm.

This is taking me back, God, and I am sitting here feeling ever-so-slightly defective. I am considering this feeling, God, and I reject it!  I was not a good match for my earlier time and place — but, I was NOT defective.  Such a harsh word.  Diverse is so much healthier a concept than defective.

Suffice it to say, God — I am very thankful for my current Time and Place!

Story teller,

Posted in Definitions, Diversity, gender universes, generating options, gratitude, social support networks, Work
2 comments on “Men (and Women) at Work
  1. adriana says:

    As an intelligent woman, you enjoy exercising your mind. The stimulation of the world of work provides that, as well as social and financial benefits. Housework can be thought of as boring, if you compare the two. But, what if you didn’t? What if you lit a candle, played relaxing/inspiring/meditative music as you went about your household tasks? What if you timed yourself, saying, “OK, I will spend 5 or 10 or 15 minutes in this room” and then stop. That would make it fun. And I believe that when its fun, you get it done (I am quoting flylady) Since I dont like vacuuming, I have acquired a roomba, which does the job. I send laundry out. And do the rest. My issue is my long standing reluctance to give up magazines…oy vey already! Oprah, More, and Simple Living (Ha!)-probably some deep seated psychosis here!
    But, not to be the happy homemaker, but just be happy! Enjoy that you have possessions, a home, and “stuff to clean”. Or…hire someone to do it for you. (I only think of doing this, but when I have, in the past, I would feel guilty and start cleaning with them!) OK, well, thats enough from me, Margie…Hugs, Adriana

    • Thanks, Adriana!

      WONDERFUL REFRAME!

      Actually, I have someone cleaning and I confess I don’t stay home to help. BUT YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT THE MINDSET!!!!!

      LOVE YOU!!!!!

      Margie

      “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” Mother Teresa

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