Since I read Gone with the Wind in seventh grade, every time I think of a “Cause,” I’m reminded of the southern women in their hoop skirts, working with a passionate collective effort can to support their soldiers, their way of life. Today, we may not be in hoop skirts, but as many women as ever work for their Cause of choice.
Obviously, I have my own passions and relative causes. I spent the weekend at the Living It Green Expo, going between our Earth Scouts booth and the BirthNetwork/ICAN/DONA/La Leche League booth. To all who would listen or inquire, I was explaining the Earth Scouts, trying to encourage them to start their own chapter, or I was giving them a bag of information, telling them the BirthNetwork is working to improve maternity care.
Now, I’m sharing my reflections with you. Any day now, I’ll be doula-ing for a new mom. At the end of the month, we have our diocese’s young women’s retreat. To many, I’m living too stressed, working too much when I really am doing enough by being a SAHM. To me, I’m living passionately.
On NPR on the way to church yesterday, we had the pleasure of hearing part of an interview with Maya Angelou. “Life loves the liver,” she said in her eloquent, smooth voice. She says she does have fun. She works hard and she plays hard.
If at 80 I can say I’m having fun, working and playing hard, then I, too, will feel like I’m living well, living this life as only I can, living this life with the passion of a lover and the compassion of a mother.
What brings passion to your life?
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