They had just returned to their homelands after years of captivity, to the ruins of a once magnificent city of temples, palaces, gardens and fortifications. Weary and exhausted from the consequences of past negligence yet faced with the challenge of rebuilding their ghost towns – remnants of days gone by; a roost for screeching owls and a lair for wild beasts….
The broken walls of defense needed to be rebuilt to chronicle their return from exile, but with their strong men all gone and their wealth depleted, their only strategy was to form a building chain; every man to repair the section of the wall that falls into his territory until the city wall is built round.In the face of cynicism and bleakness, only a communal spirit by those who will not faint could get the job done.
Shallum, ruler of one of the districts with a large compound that meant a large section of the wall to build, seemed to be at a disadvantage having no sons to build, he had daughters. Daughters bound by a tradition that would not recognize women’s participation in such a huge community project, they should rather watch from their windows and talk about the new turns in the project rather than carry bricks of re-establishment like the men would.
But then, Shallum’s daughters saw the worth and urgency of the project and acknowledging their ability to be a part of it they rose up undaunted to build their section of the wall. First to clear the rubbles, to sweep clean and then to build.
Not minding their ‘manicured fingers’ or their society’s definition of their roles,they brought out stones one after the other, as much as their strength could afford, from heaps of rubbles . They built the walls around their dwelling; a significant part of the wall of defense around their homeland, to restore its dignity and significance.
We all know the disheartening issues in our society today, they have definitely increased the profit margins of the media this year; corruption, insecurity, child abuse, sexual pervasions, outbreak of diseases, breakdown of family, disasters, economical instability…………………………….
It’s easy to analyze, scrutinize and talk about all of this decadence and how they affect us, but as women we really need to start doing more than to talk about them.
Taking a stand starts from being responsive to the situation, making up our minds not to alienate ourselves.Irresponsibility and complacency will lead to further downfall and the truth is no matter how unenthusiastic we are about these issues, they will always come back to affect a loved one somewhere, someday.
We all need to join the ranks of the builders taking a part to play in rebuilding the present dilapidated state of our nation, in our own little and consistent way.
Be an advocate for something; be known to be a voice wherever you are, in your own community and in your circle of influence.
Work hard at what you believe and into making it happen, don’t say one thing and do another.
Be the one who refuses to cheat.
Be the one who deals with others in integrity.
Be the one who acts neighbourly and respect the right of others.
Be the faithful spouse.
Be the diligent parent who works toward protective boundaries in your homes.
Be the selfless and considerate employer/employee treating others like you would they treat you.
Being drivers of positive changes simply starts from doing your own part of the whole lot, Let’s do what we can, when we can, everywhere we can!
Source – Femme Lounge Library...
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