Today is International Badge Day. It’s a day for all sorority women to show support and love for our organizations by wearing our badges. I always love this day as an excuse to wear my Alpha Gamma Delta badge. Unlike when I was in college, I almost never wear it nowadays, and it’s a piece of jewelry I truly love. It stands for an organization so important to me and the sisterhood I’m part of.
In my case, it also stands for the Alpha Gamma Delta purpose. I won’t put the entire thing here, but I did want to talk about what’s always been my favorite line: “To possess high ideals and to attain somewhat unto them.”
When we learned the purpose during our new member period, this line always brought a chuckle – as if saying, well, just try to get there. As a college student, I didn’t think about it too much other than that, but as I’ve gotten older, this line has become even more important to me.
As women, there’s tons and tons of pressure on us. I feel it every day. It comes from work, home, family, ourselves, and so many other places. There’s a pressure to be as perfect as possible, and it’s one I’ve only felt more of since becoming a mom. We have high standards for ourselves – in work, in the home, in our relationships. The pressure can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s where this line comes in – to attain somewhat unto them.
It isn’t telling you to be perfect. It isn’t expecting perfection. It’s telling you to keep those high standards and ideals you’ve set for yourself. Do the best you can, making some progress toward them. We don’t have to be perfect. We just have to be our best selves, and that’s what the purpose is about for me – doing my best in all avenues of my life.
Were you in a sorority? Are you participating in Badge Day today? If so, I’d love to see a photo of your badge!
Aww! I totally forgot to wear my badge today! Dang it! 🙁 I have always kind of chuckled at that line as well, but it’s really awesome when you think about it!
It’s the best line! Hopefully next year you remember to wear it!