I’ll admit that The Jane Austen Book Club was a lame movie and I wouldn’t recommend it for your next date night. But, it did contain one of my favorite lines of all time. At one point, the women are stewing about why men seemed more attracted to Maryanne than Eleanor (you remember the Dashwoods?). The older women in the club are convinced that it is because Maryanne is younger than Eleanor. The man in the club quickly disagrees and explains that people love Maryanne because she is generous with herself. Not “generous to herself” but “generous with herself”; see the difference? He says people enjoy Maryanne because she gives her heart away without barriers like bitterness, insecurity, and selfishness. She is forthcoming, honest, and passionate, and she lets other people enjoy who she is. Her greatest gift to others is herself, Maryanne.
Lately, I’ve been considering how I can be more generous with myself to my family – especially my children. Too often, I feel the tendency to wallow in self-pity. My broken record drones, “I am now a servant who had to sacrifice her colorful personality to these people I love so much. I no longer have the time or interest to do anything that’s really me. I’m invisible. They don’t understand. Nobody knows the real me. Blah, blah, blah.”
What do I do when that awful droning begins? Read the rest of the article at SarahMae.com!
Enjoy your home,