Thursday, August 29, 2013

If you could meet any historical figure...


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi

I have often pondered this question: If I could meet any historical figure, who would I choose? My answer has varied a lot throughout the course of my life. I must say though, that in recent years, my answer has been the same:  Mahatma Gandhi.

I have read a great deal about Gandhi over the past few years and I find his story to be absolutely fascinating. He believed strongly in expanding human being's capacity to love and to give. He also believed very strongly in devoting oneself to helping others. I find that incredibly inspirational. He believed that it was a privilege to give. What a wonderful way to think of giving.
He also was a strong believer in peace. It was his dream to see peace in the world. I can only hope that someday his dream may become a reality.

What about you? If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

As the end of summer nears...

sunset: sun setting over hills

Summer 2013 is slowly coming to a close. Sometimes I think I’ve blinked and missed it, as it has flown by amazingly fast. Summers often do that don’t they?
Summer is a time of memories made, adventures shared, and love discovered.

So as the days begin to grow a bit shorter and as the temperatures slowly start to creep down a degree or two per week, let us reflect back on summer for a bit.

What’s been the most memorable part of summer 2013 for YOU personally? What’s your greatest memory of this summer?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

6 Years Ago Today...

I quit doing this...

Young woman smoking cigarette

It was the best (and hardest) thing I’ve ever done. Seeing my mamaw pass away due to lung cancer was the catalyst. I wasn't successful on the first attempt (or the second, third, fourth, or fifth for that matter), but ultimately I quit and never looked back. 

What’s the hardest habit you’ve ever broken? Is there one you’re working on breaking now?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Politics...such a dirty word



During last weekend’s  visit to my family’s house, we broached the subject of politics during lunch (a mortal sin). I am the only one of my particular political persuasion in my family, so as you can imagine I am vastly outnumbered. I tend to be very vocal (albeit respectfully vocal) about my beliefs so things can sometimes be…animated.

I know when the subject of politics comes up that I should just keep things to myself to avoid a debate breaking out at dinner time but I just can’t help myself! I have to be the voice of reason :)

Why do politics arouse such an emotional response from us?  Do your family get-togethers ever devolve into a political debate?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Love at First Sight?


Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.

Love at first sight. We’ve seen it in many a movie and read about it in many a Shakespearean story. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept and, as na├»ve as it sounds, I’ve always believed in it.

What about you dear readers? What are your thoughts on love at first sight? Is it hogwash? Real? Or something else?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

My Close Call...




While vacationing on the Gulf Coast last week I had the scariest moment of my life. I was caught in a rip current and dragged very far from shore. I didn’t even realize it until it had already pulled me out pretty far. It’s amazing how fast it can happen. I was able to get the attention of Lisa, who was on the beach. She ran to a beach-goer and had him call 911. She then risked her life by swimming all the way out to me and pulled me in (luckily she was on the swim team in high school). I still can’t believe she did that…but I’m damn thankful that she did.

As we got closer to shore, a total random stranger came out and pulled both of us the rest of the way in. Lisa said that when she felt her toes touch the ocean floor again (meaning we'd made it most of the way back in) that she felt more relieved than she'd ever felt in her life.

There were also strangers on the beach greeting us as we came back in, offering water, etc. The first responders had shown up by that time as well and were verifying that we were ok. We were so thankful to be alive and we were hugging random people lol.

The stranger who swam out to help us the rest of the way in had disappeared pretty quickly before we really had much of a chance to thank her. We were pretty numb and still in a bit of shock. We did get to hug her before she left though. I'll always wonder who she was and I hope she knows we're eternally thankful. Just as I am eternally thankful to Lisa for risking her life for me.

This was my first truly close call with death...where I actually thought to myself "I might die here and now". Definitely an eye-opening experience. Have you ever had a close call?