Good Girls Keep Quiet

But then, I have never claimed to be a “good girl”… have I?? Well, I have tried, at many points in my life (believe it or not), or even most of my life, to be a “good girl”… but apparently I am somehow otherwise wired.

“Janet…keep quiet??” snort my ex-husband & children. “Janet/Mom & quiet do not belong in the same sentence. No no no no no.”

But you know?? I have played “good girl,” too. Believe it or not, I have tried very very hard, in a couple of relationships, & kept very very quiet indeed. Wildly, uncharacteristically quiet … Yes. I am not making this up.

And that didn’t work out either.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

I don’t feel any need to make history.

I just need to be able to live with myself.

So…I guess I will keep right on making noise.


p.s. the day after I posted this: I DO understand that this post very likely seems like a complete non-sequitur. All I can say is, it really isn’t --- but I am not able to explain what I mean. Also, I did mean to add this, & forgot, that way back when (as they say), I had not heard the incomparable quotation “Be truthful, gentle, & fearless,” from Gandhi. Such inspiring & sensible words…

Quotes for Today: “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” – Ingrid Bengis 

“Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

“A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” – Filipino proverb

“Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.” – Paul Wellstone

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. [more MLK quotes]

“The world shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin [more quotes about courage]

“The word is like a stone. When you throw it in a lake, it has a ripple effect through the whole creation.” – From the Curve Lake Anishnaabe