(Sometimes you read something that is sooooo…like they are writing about your life. Lilabean: A storybook about simplicity for grown-up girls by Kate Carpenter; is about every woman’s life, in poems and i love it!! So Enjoy!)
So one day my buddy Beany
Said,”That’s it! Enough’s enough!
I’ve got far too much too handle –
Too much stress and too much stuff!”
“I am mentally exhausted –
I am physically worn out –
And I’ve totally forgotten
What life is all about.”
“I’ve been running ’round in circles
On a great big boring track;
I complain about the speed but
It’s direction that I lack.”
“And I couldn’t even tell you
What it is I would rather do –
‘Cause I’ve never had the chance
To find alternatives…have you??”
Now my friend was not a quitter,
But she’d had it up to here
With the pressures of maintaining
Both family and career.
And her big reward for chasing
This impossible success
Was an overdose of worry,
Guilt, anxiety and stress.
Where was all the satisfaction,
The fulfillment, and the pride?
Lila couldn’t seem to find it –
And, I’m telling you – she tried.
Oh, she had the inclination,
And the talent, to excel
But there wasn’t time to it all…
Much less do it well.
And now her sanity was suffering,
And her confidence was shot…
Maybe other gals could do it,
But poor Lilabean could not.
So she started taking shortcuts –
In her efforts to succeed –
And she lowered all her standards
Just to gain a little speed.
No, it wasn’t any wonder
She was short of self-respect:
Squeaking by with second-rate was
All that Lila could expect.
Doing work she could be proud of
Had become extremely rare;
She just didn’t have the time, so
She pretended not to care.
“But I see now,” Lila said,
“Beyond a shadow of a doubt:
Self-esteem is not a luxury
That I can live without!”