01 June 2007

My First Friday Five...

1. Think back to the time you left High School, what were your hopes visions and dreams for your life/ for the world?

I wanted desperately to be a teacher and preacher. I wanted the world to survive long enough for my children to see peace...

2. Have those hopes visions and dreams changed a lot, or are some of them still alive and kicking? (share one if you can)

I finally got to be a preacher, but don't get much chance to practice... Teacher I've been, and wish I could go back to, but the lure of Mammon and a well-paid telecommuting position as a tech writer/editor has its hooks into me way too well.

My one surviving child is now a young man of 25; he has seen personal peace, but the world is in rather INteresting shape as he matures. Maybe he'll be part of the solution!

My dream of teaching is still alive and kicking though, and I will prayerfully explore that as I go. Preaching, yup... Have any of those things changed? Probably. I have changed a lot since I was in high school; it took me rather a long time to grow up properly (as opposed to the skewed way I did... *g*) but I think I'm on track now.

3. Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Comforting, challenging or frustrating?

Frustrating, I think... Hope has always been one of my hot-button words because of a rather, hmm, problematic childhood and bizarro marriage. :-) I like Hope, I try to cultivate it, but it runs away a lot and sends "Passive Aggressive Enabler" in its place for recess time. *wry grin* Based on that, if faith = substance of things hoped for + evidence of things not seen, I'm a little leery of seeing the outcome, if you catch my drift... In the end though, I have a strong belief in the faith that is in me--and I can easily wrap my brain around the concept of faith being the evidence of things not seen as a basic foundational concept. Maybe I need to stop trying to diagram Paul's sentences quite so much. :-)

4. If resources were unlimited and you had free reign to pursue a vision, what would it be?

Oooh... too easy to dream, too expensive to pull off, but you did say unlimited resources. *g* I had this idea years ago: that it would be way cool to move to an area where a large migrant worker community passes through, and establish a kind of "safe haven" and learning space for them and their families. Sort of a leg-up kind of place, so that while the able adults are working during the day, the elderly and kids can have access to teachers, computer labs, and stuff to enable them to get some experience with things they might not otherwise get. For all of them there would be clean, safe places to sleep, with temporary storage (to which they hold the key) for their belongings; everyone would get a good breakfast in the morning, and know that there would be lunch brought to the work sites (and fed on-site to the elderly and kids), with dinner available in community in the evening. Hot showers, stuff like that, also available...

5. Finally with summer upon us- and not to make this too heavy- share your dream holiday....where, when and who with...

:-) Anything involving horses, Wales, mountain and forest-type places to ride, and camping. With maybe an overnight stay in a few castles. Who with? Hmm... interesting thought that...

13 comments:

Deb said...

Hey, welcome to RevGals!!

I suspect many of us would join you in Wales for the horseback-mountain-castle tour. As long as there was a hot tub for my abused posterior (haven't ridden much in the last 15 years!) Just tell me I can ride western though. ;)

And I love the idea of the place to love and care for migrant families... what a need, and what a blessing it would be. We forget in our paper-or-plastic grocery world how the stuff gets to our tables..

blessings!
Deb

will smama said...

Nice.

mompriest said...

My daughter rides, English. And competes. Horses are her life...so I kinda get it at least through her eyes. I don't ride...but I do love the thought of riding...through Wales...sure. Thanks for sharing!

Diane said...

Welcome... thanks for sharing a bit of your life and love for horses etal...

Mother Laura said...

Yayy! You made it to the front of the line....

Great play today.

SpiritMists said...

I love the idea of staying in castles! Count me in...

Carrot Top Studio said...

Camping AND castles...sounds good to me! Welcome to RGBP.

Kievas said...

Wlcome, from another writer/editor (though a struggling one). Wales sounds like a great place to visit.

Lorna (see through faith) said...

loved your idea / dream - a well equipt, friendly migrant centre. Oh what a lovely thing that would be :)

LutheranChik said...

Welcome to the RevGalBlogPals. I'm with you on the trip to Wales; how fun would that be?

Sally said...

wonderful play- and great to meet you- welcome to revgals!!!

Michelle said...

Welcome to the RGBP! I tagged you for a 'random' meme at Quantum Theology!

cpclergymama said...

Nice play!
Now I'm offering you another first. you have been tagged .