Friday, June 19, 2009

I enjoy being a muse...

Wow! My friend Jan offers today's Friday Five. What an occasion for smiling! She writes:

Jennifer recommended this book, which I got because I always value Jennifer's reading suggestions. The author of Life is a Verb, Patti Digh worked her book around these topics concerning life as a verb:
Say yes.Be generous.Speak up.Love more.Trust yourself.Slow down.As I read and pondered about living more intentionally, I also have wondered what this Friday Five should be. This book has been the jumping off point for this Friday.

1. What awakens you to the present moment?

2. What are 5 things you see out your window right now?

3. Which verbs describe your experience of God?

4. From the book on p. 197:
Who were you when you were 13? Where did that kid go?

5. From the book on p. 88:
If your work were the answer to a question, what would the question be?

Bonus idea for you here or on your own--from the book on p. 149:
"Go outside. Walk slowly forward. Open your hand and let something fall into it from the sky. It might be an idea, it might be an object. Name it. Set it aside. Walk forward. Open your hand and let something fall into it from the sky. Name it. Set it aside. Repeat. . . ."

Thanks, Jan!

My responses:
1. I awaken to the present moment by breathing deeply, moving slowly, listening carefully, and loving wholeheartedly.
2. Out my window: lush greenery (so much rain here!), torrential rain, a mallard duck, a swing set and the swing is blowing in the wind, a clap of thunder!
3.Verbs that describe my experience of God: to love, to mourn, to comfort, to dance with joy, to play with abandon, to live with intention.
4.I was an outspoken,loving, musical, curious, long-haired teenager. Where did that girl go? She's still present, and I catch glimpses of her in some of my daughter's actions.
5.What is the most challenging, frustrating, rewarding, fulfilling, tiring, energizing part of your life?
Bonus question later....after the rain.

Flickr photo from here.


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

what a blessing it must be to see some you reflected in your daughter...

mompriest said...

great God-verbs....thanks for being the muse!

Sue said...

I love your #5 - it's perfect.

Jan said...

You're not only a muse, but a friend. Beautiful picture!

Jane said...

Wonderful play thank you for writing and for inspiring it!

Diane said...

what great God-verbs. and you are a wonderful muse -- to many of us!

Purple said... you still "play" in the musical realm?

Barbara B. said...

I'm glad you were the muse! :)

Jan said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog, as you so often do. It means a lot to me.

Rev SS said...

Beautiful picture, lovely post ... I'm sorry I've missed visiting here for last couple of weeks. I'm caught up now, and in catching up, the following phrase from your post on the 11th jumped out at me:
"I need to work on being more of a sieve and less of a vase." So, that's my prayer for you.

Rada said...

Beautiful photo. Beautiful polenta. I'm from Dalmatia, Croatia, and there is polenta common food. We call palenta, and make in the much simplier way. I'l try your way.
I like your blog. Very nice, and I found much interesting things according my interests. Thanks.