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Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Five-Life is a Verb

"Jan posted this thoughtful FF 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?
When a client/consumer is at the front desk creaking a rukus and I'm the (only) supervisor in the office! I have my days when I can talk to people and be with them so that they can feel satisfied, sometimes not.

2. What are 5 things you see out your window right now?
Fog, the backs of big buildings, backyards, trees, sky, people walking,

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?
I was a freshman in a Catholic HS, Ursuline HS. I was really in the wrong place and it was my choice. I was unhappy and I didn't know it. I'm glad I'm not there.

5. From the book on p. 88:
If your work were the answer to a question, what would the question be?
Do I love my job? Usually.

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. . . ."


angela said...

Did anyone like themselves at 13? I really didn't either and was a real punishment to my parents. Glad I grew out of it. That was a tough answer for me too. Maybe if I'd stayed in the parochial school...

Nik said...

the 13 year old occasionally looks at me and notes just how uncool I am, before grinning...
God and the verb 'wonder' do go well together, hmmm? :)

Jan said...

Having kids really shows me what 13 year olds are like! Glad I'm not there anymore.

Wonder is good for God, but "disapprove" worries me.

Sue said...

I can totally identify with #5. I love your honest answer.

Barbara B. said...

Yes, 'usually' is a good answer to #5! :)

altar ego said...

13. Blech. Glad we have all moved on! Your verbs for God are very honest. I tip my hat.

Songbird said...

I am also glad not to be back there.

Muthah+ said...

Which Ursuline HS? I was an Ursuline at one point in my spontaneous career. But not one of THOSE Ursulines!

mompriest said...

backyards? In Manhatten?...good play

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

"ursaline"... whoa... poor woman with that name... even if she was made a saint... eek!

revhipchick said...

wonder & imagine--beautiful! wonderful play!

Jane said...

Loved your God experience verbs