10 May Enough and More
by Diane Robertson
I read this great article last week. I hope it goes viral. It describes feelings I have often felt.
“What if I never really amount to anything when I grow up—beyond mom and sister and wife? But these people in my primary circle of impact know they are loved and I would choose them again, given the choice. Can this be enough?” the author asks.
Girls are inundated with society’s view that they need a career, a perfectly clean and beautifully decorated home, a thin muscular body, and lots of volunteer projects.
Is that necessary?
Is being a mom enough?
I think so. I think the world would be transformed if instead of asking our girls to worry about prestigious careers, big beautiful homes, and perfect bodies, we told them being a gentle loving wife, and a calm unhurried mother was enough. What if the women in the world all thought that a wholesome meal, a few chores, bedtime stories, and soft lullabies were all they needed to worry about most days? If that happened, I think love would take the place of stress, uncertainty and disquiet that so many women feel today.
But society has taught women that they need to be more, do more, achieve more– mother and wife are not good enough. Maybe, we can change that narrative. Maybe we can give to women the gift to know that to be a good wife and a good mother are enough. It’s possible that if we change the narrative fed to women, peace and love will flourish in the home and society will heal.