nineteen days

day ten

Posted in day ten, the fast - 2008 by leila on March 12, 2008

O handmaid of God! In this wondrous dispensation in which the Ancient Beauty and the Manifest Light—may my spirit be sacrificed for His loved ones—hath risen from the horizon of age-old hopes, women have assumed the attributes of men in showing forth steadfastness in the Cause of God, and revealing the heroism and might of fearless men. They invaded the arena of mystic knowledge and hoisted aloft the banner on the heights of certitude. Thou, too, must make a mighty effort and show forth supreme courage. Exert thyself and taste of the sweetness of a heavenly draught, for the sweet taste of the love of God will linger on to the end that hath no end.”

Abdu’l-Bahá


amy: waking up at 3:30am to go into work on your day off and then stand for hours on end in the brutal cold wind is not your usual idea of a good job. for some reason, I find this enormously rewarding. I am so grateful that I enjoy my work, for the challenges it provides, for the ever changing nature.

leila: i know i’m a few days late, but i did want to recall International Women’s Day and some thoughts on the equality of women. the other day in class, one of my classmates mentioned that a recent United Nations’ report on international development strategy has been emphasizing aid directed to women, because women are the primary caregivers and educators of children.

in 1918, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá repeated the declaration of His Father, Bahá’u’lláh, that the education of women is more important than the education of men, “for education begins with the milk“. i have been raised with this idea from the earliest days of my training by my mother, who is also a Bahá’í. her mother is a Bahá’í, as was her mother before her. because of their faith, they were educated and literate, even though all but a few of their countrymen—including their husbands— were not. this is something in my family about which i am very proud.

a footnote: i would like to acknowledge that, next to amy, i am quite a chatterbox. the thing is, i’m trying to be concise.

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  1. Manijeh said, on March 12, 2008 at 6:11 am

    I love checking this site every morning while I have my breakfast and try and find inspiration of what I should photograph in the morning. M x

  2. nooshin said, on March 12, 2008 at 11:37 am

    amy, you really got another side of watching the sun rise! much better than just rolling out of bed and grabbing something to eat 🙂 your early morning dedication is inspirational!

  3. Elizabeth said, on March 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I can’t believe you were up at 3:30 Amy. And you were still up for watching Middlemarch in the evening! What a trooper!

  4. limonana said, on March 12, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Leila: we had a lovely devotional dedicated to the special day & really enjoyed the discussions that other women and of course men had to contribute…the more there is this dialog in the world, the more people will understand the issues & aid to better them!

    Amy: i do not know how you live & breath, i would die working so early, & you really are a trooper… i love the camera shot!

  5. leila said, on March 17, 2008 at 1:35 am

    manijeh: and you have been giving me inspiration with your beautiful and vibrant photos as to what i should photograph in the mornings!

    nooshin: isn’t amy amazing for getting up that early? i enjoy sorbet and find the consumption of it enormously rewarding, too, but i don’t get up in the middle of the night to eat it!

    elizabeth: you get together to watch Middlemarch? JEALOUS! where is my invitation?

    limonana: what a wonderful idea, to have a devotional dedicated to this idea. it sounds so lovely and peaceful. i totally agree about promoting meditation and discussion on this subject!


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