She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly
with her hands
The main part of this verse that caught my eye was "She worketh WILLINGLY with her hands." Probably every one of us is familiar with that ancient saying "A man will work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done." I have my doubts whether or not this saying is really true of the sexes in general. I've met men who never stop and woman who like to take plenty of breaks. :)
Regardless, every single woman in this world, married or single, mother, sister or grandmother has more than enough projects, jobs, etc. (feel free to fill in the blank here with whatever it is that keeps YOU busy) to distract her every minute of every day. How many of us have moaned for the luxury of 36 hours in a day instead of 24? In fact, I'm pretty sure we were having a conversation along these exact lines on the IDD forum just the other day. :) I'm convinced however that whether we were given 36 hours a day or even 48 every single one of us would remain just as busy and behind on our "to-do" lists as we are now.
Here's why: From the minute I wake up in the morning, and often even before I've woken up in the morning, I am planning my day. I wake up with a list in my head entitled Things To Get Done Today. I get out of bed and before I've even washed my face the list has grown. It goes like this: On my walk to the bathroom I add Sweep Kitchen Floor and Make Coffee. As I'm putting on my makeup and brushing my teeth I mentally add Buy a New Toothbrush, Look at Garden Plan, Save Money, Wash Towels and Talk to Mom about This Weekend. All of this is before I've even poured my coffee or eaten breakfast. As soon as I open the refrigerator to get out the milk I start adding things to the Grocery section of my list and planning dinner. I check my e-mail during breakfast (Three cheers for multi-tasking!!) and start adding more things to the list Pay Insurance, Write a Blog Post, Check on Library Books Due Dates, Water Plants. If I'm feeling super organized I might even pull out my phone and start putting my list into a drafted text message that I keep for this exact purpose. But, honestly, the thoughts come faster than I can put them into my phone and realistically I can't walk around with my phone in my hand all day long adding things to my list. I walk to my car and the list grows. Get Gas, Take Out Garbage, Practice Piano. I arrive at work and my "Home" list retires to a "Look at Later" file and my "Work" list comes out. Re-cut Flowers, Clean Roses, Order Plants, FIND MORE PENS, Clean vases, Call Other Shop.... During the day I think of people and add their names to my "Call and See How They're Doing List." But, who has time for an hour long conversation with each of those 25 people? I'll be perfectly honest. By the time I've arrived home at the end of the day I've forgetten 80% of the things on the list, and of the remaining 20% maybe 5% of THOSE actually get done. I fall into bed and try to sleep as the image of my "Things to Get Done Today" list haunts me with it's lack of check marks. Imagine how it would be if we had 48 hours to spend thinking of things to do? I, for one, would definitely be just as behind on my projected goals as I am now. Maybe more so.
This is the life of a young, single woman with no husband to think of and no children to care for, and supposedly plenty of energy. I'm not trying to give you the impression that I work uber-hard and deserve a vacation in Hawaii. (Although that would be nice...) As a matter of fact, I'm really trying to show you how discouraging it is to NOT get things done. I, of course, take the lions share of the blame for things not getting done. I could be more efficient. I could prioritize better. I could be less selfish and choose to spend my time doing the things that I know need to be done but I don't really want to do. I could probably sacrifice an hour of sleep.
Above all, I could have a better attitude. That's all I'm really trying to say here. The Virtuous Woman WORKS. It's true. But, more importantly, she works WILLINGLY. You've heard the saying "Attitude is everything"? It's absolutely true. I would be willing to bet that I could sweep the floor faster and more efficiently if I have a good attitude versus sweeping the floor with a bad attitude. If I go through my day with a willing heart I'll probably remember more of the things on my list. I'll probably get more of them done and I'll definitely be a better example, a better employee, better sister and all around a better person to know. On the flip side, if I scowl and complain about everything I do, I'll probably talk myself out of doing things, be less productive and no one will want to be around me.
A woman's work is never done. And, according to Proverbs 31, the Virtous Woman is WILLING to shoulder that burden. Something every single one of us can work on every single done. Because as long as there's work to be done, there can and should be a willing attitude to go along with it.