2.27.2009

Friday Five
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Singing Owl seems to have some heavy stuff going on:
I am at a life-changing juncture. I do not know which way I will go, but I have been thinking about the times, people and events that changed my life (for good or ill) in significant ways. For today's Friday Five, share with us five "fork-in-the-road" events, or persons, or choices. And how did life change after these forks in the road?

I've been thinking about forks-in-the-road a lot lately, and I've been thinking about playing with it a little more. I had a nutty with Mr. M a few weeks ago, a big wailing hour of, "I'm going to be a secretary forever. And I'm a BAAAAAAAAADDD SECRETAAAAARY....WAAAAH!" It was closely followed by a hicupping, "and...and... I've wasted all this time...and... and... I don't even have anything to SHOW FOR IT."

I told you, I was having a nutty. And I know none of that is true. (Well, I'm really not a spectacular secretary, that's true.) But I've learned a lot in the 8 years since I graduated, and I've done some gutsy things that I tend to forget about. Just yesterday I was telling my wonderful, marvelous boss about how I got to this town-- made a list, did some reseach, and then just popped myself into a new place.

So, I've decided to make a life resume, just to remind myself where I've been, and that there's some really good stuff in there (because it's so easy to forget when it's not a linear path). I particularly appreciate today's Friday Five--it's a nice start to the exercise I've been thinking about.

1. Going to Denison. I didn't see it until June orientation (I so did not come from a family that knew about doing college tours one's junior year), but it was like we'd been separated at birth. I loved it.
2. Moving to PA. I don't want to stay here forever, but I'm proud of how I got here.
3. Marrying Dave. Smartest darn thing I've ever done.
4. Starting formal discernment. I didn't finish the way I thought I would, but I don't even have words for how important it's been to me.
5. Starting real relationships with RevGals. Diane over at faith in community quoted a prof of hers once as saying that we should talk to everyone, because we never know what the Holy Spirit has in mind. It's so true, and it's been a wonderful philosophy to embrace.

15 comments:

  1. Cool play -- thanks! Oh, and I had a "we should talk to everyone" experience just about a month ago. I met my newest friend in the bath mat aisle of the Tuesday Morning that just opened up nearby!

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  2. Great stuff, with some good decisions :-)

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  3. I'm so delighted that I popped through your kitchen door. For starters, you used the phrase "hold in the light." That just sends warm fuzzies through my soul. And then you describe having a nutty in such a spectacular way that I could hear you. And THEN I come here to comment and find you quoting Abigail Barlett. I feel like I've come home.

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  4. what a great quote from diane's prof... and i'm sure dave is glad you included him!

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  5. I love the last one, and I so admire the way you've moved through your discernemnt process.

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  6. Anonymous10:25 AM

    I would love to give you a big hug right now. Because I love you and you deserve a billion of them! HUGGGG. Loves, Erin : )

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  7. You've made me smile TWICE. First, I'm also a not-so-great secretary; I'm feelin' ya!

    Second, LOVE the Abby Bartlet quote!

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  8. love you! and love your sharing here -- it's been remarkable to share in your journey just a little.

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed this F.F. Reading other's reponses has been good for me! I love the quote too--seems we all do. DOn't you could meet Rev Gals in person? Not at a big meet up--one by one?

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  10. Well, we have a guest room that doesn't get used often enough, and there's a lot to do and see in Maine, so RevGals, come and see me! (One at a time is probably best!)

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  11. Wonderful play! I especially appreciate your thoughts on discernment--I love it so much because the process guarantees growth whatever the results.

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  12. You are splendid, my dear! Even if you were to be a secretary forever...which clearly you will not be....you have much "to show for" who Di M is! Great play. Glad you are in this ring and do so long for that meet-up IRL!

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  13. I concur about the RevGals and the talking. You've made some good choices and the way will be made clear. . .

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  14. Love the "we should talk to everyone" quote because it is so true and it's amazing how much God is talking to me when I'm listening. LOL...

    enjoyed. :)
    deb

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  15. I would really like to meet you in person someday.

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"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins