Do we need writers?

Ok – that’s just a play on yesterday’s title.

Of course we need writers, books, creativity, learning, dumbness, gifted people, ungifted people. ‘Nuff said.

I now can’t remember what I was thinking about this topic yesterday – oh, maybe about the America institution called the “public school system.” I worked there once and was reminded, being ADD and an INFP, that institutions are not conducive to my potential. Or life. Or anything else I may possess within myself!

So, after teaching, I had the opinion that, America as a whole needed to ditch public education. I mean, just pitch it! It doesn’t work, it costs way too much with way too little return for the client – meaning children who are becoming young working adults in society. It sucks for all participants.

Have you seen this? http://blog.ted.com/2006/06/27/sir_ken_robinso/  ?  This presentation is exactly what I had concluded back in 2005 after I quit teaching (not that I figured this out before Sir Ken Robinson, just that, hurrah, thank you!).

So THAT is what I was thinking about this morning – that I have to leave this current job and boy, wouldn’t it be great to go to a job that embraces and cherishes the me that needs to MOVE to act and work intelligently, to CREATE in order to produce!!??

I am not good at sitting in a chair for 8 hours. It hurts. My back was killing me yesterday. They say kinetic people have the worst bodily damage from taking a sedentary job. But, I’m a writer who can type and edit and grasp highly complex concepts and go with it…so I sit at a desk to make a living.

Do you have any ideas for my abundant, positive, and future career path? I’m taking suggestions. Anything that doesn’t require me to be a waitress or a mime would be a welcomed idea.

PS – When I use the term “abundant” I don’t necessarily mean “high-paying” but I do not turn my button Irish nose up at the prospect of a better salary (see “Do we need Feminism” and the idea of helping other, youger women). What I mean is that I’m trying to see the Universe as abundant so that I’m not coming from lack.

Do we need Feminism?

I was thinking about this on my drive into work. I was thinking about alot of things but this question seemed revelent at the time.

I am struggling at work. Someone where I work really treats me with disrespect. She has treated me like I am a servant to a master. Why is that? I don’t know. I haven’t done anything I wasn’t asked to do in this job. Nor do I treat people with disrespect at work.

My resume shows about 25 years of experience in writing and editing – most of it technical writing. It shows I am overeducated. When talking with me – I think most would say I’m “bright, personable, intense.” So, I ain’t no dummy.

But this one person has treated me with little regard since I got here. And, now, she has confided in another worker that she isn’t sure about my work ethic. She has never made this comment to me.

Up until I wore myself out, I’d been working 8-5:30pm without a lunch. Gosh, what a slacker!

So why don’t women today help other women rise to success? That’s my definition of Feminism by the way. I get successful and solid and I turn back to show another woman how I did it and to help her do it.

I grew up as a teen in the 70s – so I know all the lore – I was in my State legislature when it voted down the ERA. I have gathered signatures. I have hung out with older women who blame men for everything. I actually pointed out to one of them that Women give birth and raise Men, so maybe we need to fix something there? I’ve known women who looked down on women who want to stay home and work at home being a mom and nurturer. I know women who burn (well, really, only threw out) their bras.

So, I thought about this a lot and came up with my idea that we need to be helping each other.

However, it seems like women are eager to squash other women in the business/academic/corporate world. They are threatened by a capable, intelligent woman. They see her as competition – just like they do when the turf is men – and have to keep her down. Even when they hand pick the woman for their work effort!

Ugh.

I decided this morning on my drive, that no matter when a person – a human being – gets to the table, they deserve to be treated as equal and whole. That a person isn’t threatening or competition unless I think they are. That I can invite this new person onto the turf with their unique contribution. That I don’t have to be afraid of someone else’s gifts and intelligence.

But, I think I have to start with believing that no matter how or when I get to the table, I deserve to be there. Then, I think I will have something to give to other women who have had to deal with prejudiced, biased, sexist, cruel, unjust, disrespectful, diminishing bosses, co-workers, women, and/or men in their lives.

I don’t know if the answer to the title question is yes. But, I do know that I want always to see others as human first, as vital contributors to life next, and seek to see their awesome potential at all times, and stay true to my belief that we are all equal under the eyes of a power I call God.

So, that means, I start with me and make sure I don’t treat people the way this woman at work is treating me.

In the beginning…

there is “which theme do I pick?” So, I am starting with Koi – it’s feminine but not to girly, with a light background, so it’ll be easy to read postings. God! You know you’re getting older when you think about “easy to read.”

My original thought was to corner my business name “Betsy, Inc.” Which has a tag line of “Anything for you, dear.” Meaning, I can cook, clean, type, think, run errands, walk the dog, pick up poop, scoop the cat box, pill a pet, take your kids to school, train animals, write your research paper or do your research for you, draw, paint, hang curtains and pictures and hardware, garden, weed, coordinate projects or people, and last, but most important, surrender to a Higher Power.

Since January 2009, I have been struggling. Struggling with the rest of America to find a job, buy food, pay the utilities and mortgage, try not to add to any debt, pay off new debt, save some money, dream about what to do for my 50th birthday next year. And, I am still struggling, although I found work in February 2010. 13 months on unemployment! That’s probably one of the shorter stretches for the majority of us.

Sometimes, life feels “sucky” and sometimes, I feel “lucky.”

I know I am intelligent, empathetic, creative, talented, compulsive, distracted, caring, vigilantly observant, humorous, and, to some people, attractive. And on my bad or fearful days – discouraged, critical, isolated.

So, I want to bring myself to this life! And, I’m trying to figure out how, when, which, and what is blocking me from doing it?

I’m starting with Connie Domino’s workshop on her book “The Law of Forgiveness.”  Isn’t it a wonder that your life – MY life can be healed by me by forgiving and being forgiven. So, that’s the beginning of what comes next – letting the Law of Forgiveness govern Betsy, Inc.