“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.”
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.