I am married. We celebrated our 18 year anniversary in July with a 27 km bike ride in the morning, followed by Sushi for lunch and hanging out in the evening. It was nice.
Now, we try to set aside every Monday for date night. I'm really enjoying the time together. Especially because things have been so crazy lately. This year, as I've gone back to work after a year on mat. leave, things have been especially busy. With our teaching jobs, Zig's publishing and graphics business, my writing, our three amazing children, our mini schnauzer, not to mention our hobbies and the kids' lessons and the never ever EVER ending pile of laundry, it's a frantic - but fun - life. I'm happy. Sleepless, but happy.
I like this question.
I'll tell you what it used to be. It used to be "there are no wrong choices - only learning choices." Wow. That was not a good quote to live by, that's for sure. And when I took a hard look at my choices and the results, it was pretty clear: there are definitely wrong choices. I made a bunch of them. So do most people. Yes, we can - and do! - learn from those choices. But that doesn't mean they weren't wrong.
These days, I don't use quotes from other strugglers like myself to guide my choices or, as the challenge says, "live by". But there are a few that resonate with me.
"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." (Helen Keller). I really like this one. I do believe we should approach each new day as an adventure, willing to risk and push and drink it in, even those mundane days where nothing seems extraordinary. Because life is extraordinary, isn't it?
"900 years of time and space, and I've never met anyone who wasn't important." (Doctor Who). Man, I love this one. Yes, he's a fictional character, but the line itself - and the sentiment behind it - reminds me that all these fellow humans are each unique and special. Each person matters. And the way I treat others - all others - should reflect this truth. It doesn't always - I'm human too, and I fail sometimes - but I try.
"Love God, love others" (Luke 10:27, which actually reads "He answered,"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind', and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" ). This is again a reminder of what I am here for - to love God and to love others. And yes, as I mentioned above, I often fail. But I'm thankful God is merciful and graceful when I mess up. And I keep trying.
So, there they are: my favourite quotes for living: Life is an adventure and people matter, so love them (and God too).
Loved: I loved the book Numb, by John Otte. I first noticed it during its promotional period, where they were allowing people to vote on the cover art. It sounded like a book I might like, so when it was finally out, I bought it. Here’s the description, from Amazon:
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"Save the girl...or his soul? Crusader is numb. He feels neither emotion nor pain, a divine gift that allows him to be the Ministrix's best assassin. Whether it's heretics from within or heathen from without, Crusader is the sword in the True Church's hand. And if he remains obedient to his superiors, he will be able to let go of his guilt.
But then he's ordered to kill Isolda Westin. It shouldn't be a problem. A target is a target. When Crusader sees Isolda's image, though, something strange happens. He experiences a moment of panic, a wave of emotions, the first he's felt in as long as he can remember.
In that moment, he realizes he can't fulfill his mission. He can't kill Isolda Westin, even if it means he'll be condemned as an enemy of the Ministrix.
Soon Crusader and Isolda are on the run. Will they be able to learn why the Ministrix wants Isolda dead? Or will they both face the harsh justice of the "True Church"?"
Yeah. I loved it. The writing was great, the characters were just how I liked them (conflicted and human), the romance was subtle and intriguing, the created world was believable. So good. It’s the kind of book that stayed with me after reading it.
Did Not Love: No comment. Is that bad? There are definitely books I did not love, but really, for the most part, that's just because everyone has different tastes. I'm reluctant to tell people NOT to read a specific book, even if I didn't enjoy it myself. What one person may not like may be another person's favourite. That said, I can't imagine anyone who likes science fiction action/suspense NOT liking Numb. Again, it was really great.