Sunday, November 1, 2009

Every Woman

The other night, at jail ministry, we were discussing a work by writer Pamela Redmond Satran. It was originally published in Glamour Magazine under the title: "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She's 30." Pamela admits it's her most famous piece as it has traveled around the internet and been attributed to persons such as Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. You can read the original article here:

The women of Block 12 added a few of their own thoughts:

Every Woman Should Know
  • How to recognize when she needs a break from the current stressful situation before she gets overwhelmed.
  • How not to set her goals too high so she doesn't get discouraged - but high enough to feel success.
  • You can't trust everyone you encounter.
  • There is a better purpose in life than being incarcerated.
  • When she needs a man and when she needs space. When she needs someone to do for her and when she can do for herself.
  • Who she is, what she wants and a plan to get it.
  • It's okay to make mistakes but even better to admit them.
  • She's not the only one who's had a broken heart, but she's the only one who can overcome it and move forward.
  • It's all right to need friendship - no one likes to be lonely- but you are never alone.
  • Her husband may not stand beside her 'til death do us part.'
  • Who she is and be secure within her own skin before seeking a permanent relationship.
  • When to say 'yes' and when to say 'no.'
  • How to let go of things that happened in the past.
  • How to forgive herself.
  • How to love herself.
Every Woman Should Have
  • Stability in her life.
  • Goals for her future.
  • Patience.
  • Enough resources of her own without always having to rely on another person.
  • Enough guts to go for any position she wants if she's qualified to do so.
  • A companion when needed, but a spiritual side that's hers alone.
  • A dog or cat. They keep your secrets.
  • Time alone to pat herself on the back and know she's appreciated.
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