Equality, Inclusion, and Reevaluation…Where Do You Stand?

For generations women have been fighting for equality in the workplace. It stemmed from a time when women were working at home, raising children, keeping a clean house, being the chef in their own kitchen, managing schedules of their family, and some were also the secretary of their husbands. Often women had no money of their own, unlike the men who were making the money outside the home.

The right to have some money of their own for the work they did was not uncalled for, however the feminist movement took it in another direction. Women began to start in the workforce, aiming to someday be seen as equal in the same positions of “power”. It has happened, women got their way and there are many who have not only made it to the top of the food chain (so to speak) but also exceeded many men in the same fields.

So, are women happy now? Many men are not and so the balance remains off. Some men are now fighting back and asking for women to be more feminine and appealing to them (their wording not mine), but rightfully so from their perspectives. That just upsets some women more. But think of this: These men are being told by most modern women that they want to be “wanted”, “needed”, and treated like a “lady” in the same breath that they are saying “I am your equal in every way”.  It seems to confuse some people (in both genders). How can a woman be equal in every way and still ask to be treated as a more delicate vessel? It is not as complicated as people make it.

Today the lines are becoming blurred by the notion that we need to be so inclusive that we cannot decide what gender we are anymore. It is simple when we think of it from another perspective. When it is learned that a hammer is a strong instrument used to get certain jobs done, it is not looked at or handled like it will break under a small amount of pressure. A hammer is used to fix and/or create incredible things and its value is appreciated. When a teacup is taken out from a cabinet, it is not slammed on the counter, or it will break because it is indeed more delicate, and yet it can withstand the boiling temperature of tea (and yes, some are painted to be more attractive). Before you get mad at my examples keep reading.

Men are (typically) born with more testosterone…they are more masculine BY NATURE. Women are (typically) born with more estrogen…. they are more emotional BY NATURE. These are facts. Back to the example: Hammers are important things that were created to help us get things done. Teacups are beautiful vessels that were created to help keep us nourished. Both are equally important in their own ways. Both are equally a financial benefit in our lives and depending on the budget, a more expensive version may be acquired. It depends on the individuals wants and needs as to which version they choose, but it does not make either instrument any less valuable because they are not chosen by someone, it just means that instrument has not found its true home yet.

So, as society keeps fighting to be inclusive in every way, ask yourself…. are you equal where you stand currently? If not, why are YOU still standing there instead of finding the place that you belong? Are you a hammer in the China cabinet, or a hammer in the kitchen cupboard? Is it time to reevaluate the place you reside?

Take Notice

Days go by and I notice.

Each day I can do the next right thing and still feel like I have not moved.

Peace can be upon me and the Devil will try to attack with his creeping words through people, places, or things.

You are not enough, you are not doing enough, you do not deserve it, you will not make it, why are you still trying?

The lies we hear to keep us from being content, happy, and free from judgement (even our own judgement) …why do we believe them?

Notice, but do not believe the lies.

Recognize them, but do not accept them.

If any judgement is ours to have, it is to judge the evil ways we allow ourselves to be tricked into depression, anxiety, and a mental anguish that can destroy.

Counteract…

Hear the words from God’s viewpoint.

You are enough because I made you. You are doing enough, because I gave you the strength to accomplish what I want you to do. You do deserve it because I kept you here. You will make it because I will continue to strengthen you. You keep trying because I am with you. Take notice of what is true and do not let the lies saturate your soul.

Is Your Faith in Science, God or Both?

In a society that is mainly focused on science where does God fit in? Prior to the pandemic people were already turning to science to fix anything and everything that they found wrong within their lives, or the lives of others. It is my belief that God has created us so wonderfully that we are able to have the intellect to create things to help us in life. (i.e., science). But this isn’t about my belief, I want to ask you about yours. Now that science has taken a huge part in “fixing” the fear that was put into us all by the pandemic….is God still a thought in your mind? Do you hold your belief more or less than before the pandemic? Have you really looked at the facts deep enough to see the truth, and ask the question? There are conspiracy theorists, media tricks, and radical believers in many forms so you need to be cautious and leery of so much these days, but what do you truly believe? Have you stopped to think about whether people with more money than you have made decisions for you by how they present something? Let’s be honest, no matter how high up on the money chain you are…there is someone higher, craftier, and can do more. What can keep you from falling prey to those manipulative tactics?

Have you taken a moment each day to think about how God stepped in before something awful happened in your life? We have all had those moments of “coincidence” keeping us safe: sending us in a different direction causing us to meet someone that became important in our lives, forcing us to be late to an area that ended up having a crash that we could’ve been in the middle of, losing a job only to end up with a better one, turning anything that was meant to be bad into something wonderful. Do you believe in coincidence?

While you are listening to your podcasts, meditating to music, or drinking your coffee….do you have God in your mind and/or heart? Everyday more and more I see large corporations selling us products for wellness…. but where is God? Meditate they say…. but when you empty your mind…what is filling it directly after? They forgot to tell you that part before you began. Have you asked yourself why you have so much stress? Are you trying to keep up with the fast-paced environment, and material goods that are being pushed on you? Have you learned to let things go because you are so great and powerful, or do you know that God (or something bigger than you) is great and powerful and look to that source? What brings you peace and happiness? Don’t forget to ask the next question! Are the things that you just chose good and healthy for you, or will they cause in you and your body more stress in the long run? We need to follow our thoughts, think ahead, and stop following the first thing that is being sold to us. Ask why, seek more, and be curious. We were made with incredible intelligence. Keeping it simple is good…. when you know you have done your part and leave the rest to God, otherwise it is “simply careless”.

So….have you thought about it? Science, God, or both? Think it through.