Friday, October 30, 2009

friday five: lifesavers!

Kathryn at RevGals reminisces about a cruise experience and looks ahead to one with the Gals (I sooo wanna go!), and asks, “… dramatic or fairly common – what have been/are your lifesavers (If it helps, try the phrase 'life giving' instead.):



1) Your lifesaving food/beverage.
Morning coffee. Savoring that perfect blend of brew, sweetness (just a touch) and half and half (more than just a touch), brings me into the moment and draws me away from the lists forming in my head.

2) Your lifesaving article of clothing.
jammies

3) Your lifesaving movie/book/tv show/music.
The West Wing. Loved the characters, and the education in the politics of politics was outstanding (to quote Josh). For music, almost anything Celtic, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, and a lot of baroque music.



4) Your lifesaving friend.
Different friends give life according to various needs. But two groups of friends stand out for distinct reasons. 1) My “castle-hopping” friends, made on a dancing tour of Scottish Castles 20 years ago. An amazing bond formed among several of us on that trip. Whether it was the dancing, the laughter, the sheep or the scotch, we became thick as thieves. I went through some very difficult times in the years that immediately followed that trip, and they kept me on my feet, even from a distance. Another group is the “Cabana Crew,” a group of scrapbooking friends met online. Being with them is tonic to my soul, full of laughter, fun, spontaneity, laughter, good food, laughter, shopping, laughter… you get the idea. Being with “the Crew” is good for whatever ails me. My friend Clare (who arrives tonight!!!) and I head to Florida tomorrow afternoon to be with some of them for a week. The contented sigh you will hear over the next several days will be coming from me.

5) Your lifesaving moment.
When I realized that marrying my first betrothed would be a huge mistake. Even though the decision to break the engagement had very difficult consequences for me (homeless and unemployed!), picking my way through the debris of that decision yielded a better result than going through with the marriage would have. I came upon a quote shortly after making that decision, and though it doesn’t yet apply to my life, it calls me forward into what I hope my life will one day reflect: “I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.” (William Stafford).

13 comments:

Kathrynzj said...

Meeting my blogging friends on BE1 offered me a similar community as you have mentioned here.
And thank you for the quote.

RevAnne said...

Love that quote...trying to do the same. thanks for sharing!

The Bug said...

Good answers! I think I would struggle with these questions - they require actual introspection!

Jan said...

The pictures add to your thoughts, which (as always) are interesting in their details. You show courage, too.

Auntie Knickers said...

Thanks for the quote and answer to #5, it will be of help to someone close to me. Great play, and have fun with your Crew!

Sophia said...

Wonderful story and quote in number five. So glad you are in a happy healthy holy marriage now!

Sally said...

wow, your # 5 was a brave decision...

Mompriest said...

love the quote...yes.

MumPastor said...

Just joining the bandwagon on the quote. Your lifesaving decision was a very courageous one! SO glad you are in a much better place and space now!

KimQuiltz said...

I so LOVE to picture of the Ladies in Pink. Each and every one are GORGEOUS! I can only imagine how they might shine through God's eyes. Ahhh, good friends!

Jules said...

Who are those oh so cute gals? Two more sleeps my dear friend and the Crew (or the Gobsmacked Goddesses hybrid of it) shall ride again!

Janet M said...

Love this post of yours Anne, such good thoughts in it and stories. I'm looking forward to seeing you it's been far to long my friend.

Jayne said...

What a great Friday five! Love all your wonderful answers. Have a great time with your posse!

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