“What is your aim in life, or, rather, what would you have your life to be if you could have the choosing? What kind of life looks the best and most desirable to you? What are your ideals? An ideal is a mental conception of perfection. It is a picture in the mind of things as we should like to have them. Every girl has her ideals and in one way or another is working toward them. She may be careless and hardly conscious of what she is doing, yet certainly she is following after her ideal. She has in her mind the picture of the woman she wants to be. No girl can rise higher than her ideals. The ideal that one has in mind is the limit of perfection to that person. It is impossible to attain to higher things than we strive for; and few even reach their ideals. So it is imperative that a girl set before her good and pure ideals, that she set her mark high. It is better to aim at the impossible than to be content with the inferior. Every girl is a women in the making. Some time she will stand in a women’s place and take a women’s responsibilities. And now, while she is a girl, she is forming the character that shall be hers through womanhood. Her ideals are shaping her life. What is an ideal women? What kind of women is most to be admired? Who among your acquaintances seems the most admirable to you? Consider her dress, her lifework, her manner of speech, her influence upon those about her.” From “Beautiful Girlhood” by Karen Andreola.
I hope you will be encouraged by the words of Karen Andreola. A young lady myself, I must constantly remind myself that what kind of person I am now, is who I am to become. If I am rude and unpleasant, than I shall grow to be a rude and unpleasant women; but if I am a calm and pleasant girl than I will soon become a calm and pleasant women. We must remember that it is our job to serve others. What kind of women do you want to become?
“It is not enough to have good ideals alone. There must be careful and persistent effort to live up to them. To reach these ideals often costs the sacrifice of other things that seem pleasant. Like the merchant of old who found a pearl of greatest price and sold all that he had to purchase it, so a girl to keep her ideals pure must be willing to give up all else for them. And a girl will sacrifice much for her ideal, be it good or bad. It is not enough simply to strive for a life morally pure and noble. That is good; but the truly ideal life is one lived for God. A life that does not in word and deed reflect the life and teachings of Christ fails that much in being ideal.” From “Beautiful Girlhood” by Karen Andreola.