Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bread and Roses

"What the woman who labors wants is to live, not simply exist - the right to life as the rich woman has it, the right to life, and the sun, and music, and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread but she must also have roses too."

-"Little Rose" Schneiderman, Labor Activist early 20th Century

Maybe this phrase bread and roses was lingering somewhere in the back of my mind from my Women Studies days but I just found it in a book about the 1911 Triangle Fire tragedy. Wow. How grateful I am. Our tag line is "for bread and beauty". We are all in need of both bread and roses, those things which nourish our bodies, spirits as well as our hearts - to be a complete person. What is your bread? What are your roses?

1 comment:

  1. I love it! So true. I think we so often try to deny ourselves our need for beauty in the name of practicality, but God put the "desires of our heart" there for a very important reason. He wants us to embrace the beauty that He lovingly provided for us...whether it's through a lovely dress or a serene view outside our window. It's there for simple pleasure and can be used to glorify Him.