There have been various stages in my life that I have not felt very accomplished. Yes, that’s right. Who doesn’t have those periods? I often think of this part of Pride and Prejudice when I think about being accomplished…
Miss Bingley:] “Oh! certainly,” cried his faithful assistant, “no [woman] can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half-deserved.”
“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
[Elizabeth Bennet:] “I am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.” Hahaha..I can picture Elizabeth’s somewhat mocking tone in my head so perfectly.
I have decided, as I have gotten older, that I do a lot and I have no need for people to praise or notice it. I see some of my friends’ talents and wish I had them. Then, I try and do some of the things they do so well and I fail miserably. I guess my rambling today would mean that I am thinking we are all accomplished. If we know what we know and are striving to do a little more and work a little harder then by all means, we are accomplished.
So pull yourself up or have a friend help you to pull yourself up..and love who you are. Strive for goodness. Change to be better…we can all do just a little bit more.
I am excited that I know more than six accomplished women and I am grateful for their example in how I can be better for myself and my family.