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Saved 7/01/09 to Spoon Full of Sugar

Real Super-Heroes In My Pants.


I do not care what anyone says. Super-heroes were designed to make men feel like they can somehow measure-up to women, because we ARE the true super-hero.

Now I know that sounds like I am going to embark on an all-out man-bashing extravaganza but I am not. I am just going to remind you how powerful women actually are.

Do men need to be reminded that they are powerful? Alrighty then.

How are women powerful?

Who instinctively "knows" when something isn't right and gets up off their hiney to go make sure it is? That is a super-power. We just "know" and that sometimes saves lives, prevents the house from burning down, and has prevented many kids from tying the cat to a wagon because somehow they imagined the cat would enjoy a ride.

Women are equipped to intuitively know that if something might go awry, that we can prevent it or die trying. Our mothers all insisted on clean underwear because who knows when someone might need to see your underpants.

Seriously, nobody ever asked to see my underpants. They may have wanted to do something else with them but "seeing" them was never the ultimate goal. I am fairly certain it was not high on someone elses priority list.

Perhaps the goal of clean underwear was to protect our superpowers? Sorry, I don't hide mine there do you? We never tell where they are stored or hidden. Women must keep a certain level of mystery about them.

Women use "creative" logic. When we do give a reason for something it is always connected to thousands of other reasons and of course we will take the time to explain it all but wouldn't it just be easier to go with it rather than question it?

We are all "The Queen of Multi-Tasking" because it was our idea in the first place. Everything we do is a multi-task. Planning what we will make for dinner is just as labor and thought intensive as what we plan to wear each day.

I am certain a woman created the original grocery list. It is part of our planning and multi-tasking. If we were going to need a man to step in and help, he obviously was going to need a list.

Ta Da..here is your list. He stood there and stared at you didn't he? Why? Because more likely than not that list had already been made before he entered into the equation. That alone astounds him or unnerves him.

We don't give ourselves enough credit because everything we do is important.

Recently at a party I asked a woman I had just met what she did when she wasn't going to parties. She sighed and said "Oh I just work at the rail yard." So I asked her what she did there.

At first she said something about her job not being all that important but after some questions I had to tell her that she needed to be proud of what she did. She had an intensive job and it was not "just a little job at a rail yard."

This woman coordinates all the incoming and out-going merchandise in southern California on the rail system. This is world-wide merchandise. There are huge considerations to be made between a shipment of bananas, electrical equipment and potentially explosive materials. She makes decisions all day long that affect us all.

I stood there in shock. She had looked at what she did as "some little job in a rail yard" but she was actually a multiple project coordinator.

When I asked her what her title was she said that she didn't have one. Before she left that night I had convinced her that no only did she need to make sure her boss clarified her position with an actual title, but her job description needed to be written. This is an essential change that will reinforce her future.

Do you think she felt empowered? I sure hope so.

Criminey. Why do we let ourselves be convinced that what we do in life is so little that we do not deserve a title? There are woman everywhere toiling away in positions, doing important things, and feel it is not important. Do we really need a title? In a man's world you do.

What would she have written down on a resume if she had to make one? She didn't even have a job description.

I suppose that the point I am making here is this: Women typically do whatever is necessary as it is "our job." We plan ahead, multi-task, organize, make lists, and accomplish great things. We take these skills for granted because we use them every day.

Whether you are coordinating world trade or a PTA event, those skills are pretty important. These are skills we intuitively do while instinctively prioritize all the time. We can thank our Mom for this very impressive skill-set.

For a while I wrote resumes for extra money and I learned to ask people many questions in order to help them really represent their skills.

You'd be surprised how many women used this phrase, "I just did ______for ten years. It was not an important position." That is as ridiculous as a woman saying, "Oh I am just a Mom" like that isn't important and we all know a mom is VERY important.

A Mom is probably the most important job ever!

We underestimate the power in what we do and how well we do it.

Reach for those super-hero powers! I don't care where you keep them. Be proud of everything you do.

cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 4 years 45 weeks
Well it is pretty obvious who is the strongest when you consider which sex carries and delivers new life...and often chooses to do it again. A man would NEVER choose that...although a vaguely man/woman has done it ONCE.
Jinx Jinx 4 years 45 weeks
Love the Leary quote, even if he was high. :rotfl: I have always thought women were the stronger sex, overall. :shrug: And I don't mean that in a feminist male bashing way, its just true. Women are incredibly strong.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 4 years 45 weeks
Eleuthera...I love that quote! "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” It is powerful. Empowering.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 5 years 3 weeks
Women do nothing small. We always reach for the best we can do--and we should be proud of ourselves and each other...reminding each other every day that we are remarkable! It is always nice to be appreciated...thanks!
Eleuthera Eleuthera 5 years 11 weeks
As I was paraphrasing the quote, I looked up the real one and it's even better: "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” It was an interesting group of them, including the writer Ken Kesey (and his band of Merry Pranksters,) and all believed in mind expansion. Much of it is detailed in Tom Wolfe's book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Leary is best remembered for his catch phrase, "Turn on, tune in, drop out!" I hate to admit it but I never really understood what that meant. Sugar cube anyone?
lazybones101 lazybones101 5 years 11 weeks
Absolutely love the Timothy Leary quote. Didn't they say taking hallucinogenics opened the mind to wisdom?
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 5 years 11 weeks
:flower: Thankyou!!!
Eleuthera Eleuthera 5 years 11 weeks
I think it was none other than Timothy Leary who said, "A woman who wants to become just as good as a man is setting her aim too low." Of course, he may have been high when he said it, but it can be empowering to heed his advice.
lazybones101 lazybones101 5 years 11 weeks
What an inspiring post: Love how you empowered the woman you met at the railroad. :hug: Why is it most of us can recognize the "powers" in others but not see them in ourselves? Maybe each day before going to bed we need to recognize something great that we did that day. On a side note, I can only imagine what a terrific job you did writing resumes. The ability to ask the right questions to dig deep into a person is a great strength. I truly admire you cheeky. :hug:
Iveenia Iveenia 5 years 11 weeks
Thank you so much CheekyRH - that was awesome!!! and SO true - unfortunately - MOST men in staff offices (and also some young urban professional women) do not remind their mothers and you can see them frown in front of us looking at the resume, which actually looks good and "overqualified" but MOM = no job at all - no responsibilities - nothing... We have NO qualities for jobs and nothing to to - we have NO idea abt organizing skills - we are no multitasking stand-up "comedians" because we have enough of drama but most men do not even understand our fearless laughing at tragedies... :ROTFL: :HUG: and CHAPEAU :) if you don't mind - i will sign up in your group...
Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 5 years 11 weeks
My super hero is to be able to take a large amount of BS I take from people daily and survive, LOL. I really love your post, I do think that women go underappreciated and we do not give ourselves enough credit. I really needed this post because I just got into a huge fight with someone and I needed a little lift.