The latest news shows that difficulties faced by women attempting to make a career in the film industry are increasing. The latest annual Celluloid Ceiling report was issued by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. This finding reflects positions in government and other leadership roles for women. Small wonder women can't battle against prejudice.
Women are the people who work in the background to ensure the machinery is oiled, the sick are healed and the children are cared for.
So how should the ideal woman occupy her time? Her role as the homemaker has been overtaken by working in menial jobs to stretch the family budget—factories, offices, schools and childcare centers. Perhaps the women can influence society with her gentle guidance. It might take a long time and she'll never see the result, but in my mind, women are true heroines.
Yesterday, I touched on the subject of evil thoughts and how they control weak minds. Today, I'll reach for the opposite. Good thoughts, which must influence good deeds. You couldn't constantly consider what would benefit your fellow man without helping in a time of need.
In my first novel of the Moonstone series, Still Rock Water, Liliha inherits an ancient Egyptian ring from her grandmother―and with it accompanying visions. She is sucked through a churning tunnel into the mind of a different person. There, she works out how to help them during a problematic moment with whispered advice, which acts like the inner voice we all possess. She never learns about the consequences of her interference. However, the role gives a sense of satisfaction to her own life where everything goes wrong.
Clare Boothe Luce wrote, for a witty, all-female cast of a play titled The Women, 'no good deed goes unpunished'. The words are often repeated. I'm not sure what this means. Perhaps the person who helps someone else becomes entangled in their life or the hero changes because of the action taken.
Let's consider quotes about good deeds:
2. “Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day.”― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway.
3. “The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.”― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S.
4. “If for every well-intended prayer uttered in hopes of making the world a better place, there was instead a good deed accomplished, the world might look as though those prayers had been answered.”
― David G. McAfee.
5. “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice.
Some say there is no such thing as a selfless good deed. I'd love to hear an example if you know of one.