Monday, March 10, 2008

Another tag and some other stuff too...

Sisters Honey Bunch and Sassy tagged me. This one is rather interesting. Grab the book nearest you...flip to page 123 and post the first three sentences on the page.

Here's mine...
"Do many people use the bridge?"
"Oh, yes, plenty."
"Then how is it that we can't afford a fire?"

Did you get all of that? It's from the book to the right up there. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. I can't say that I would recommend it. It's not a horrible book. It's very LONG, which is why it's been on this screen for so long. I'm on page 775 out of 973. Only 200 more to go! It's set back in 12th century England...medieval times. Which is why I wouldn't tell everyone to rush out and read it. Lots of descriptive raping and pillaging going on in those 973 pages. What is interesting is that Oprah told everyone to go out and read it. Oh well....this book will be over soon and I can move on to the next. :0) {I always finish books. I am always hopeful that they will get better towards the end. That...and I want to know how it ends, even if the story is dumb. I hate it when I am disappointed in a crappy ending though.}

OK...I'm gonna tag Alicia, Holly, and Bonnie B.

Here's the other ramblings....

My friend, Montay {who should be having her baby any minute now!} posted this on her blog. You all need to watch this video. It takes a little over 11 minutes, so make sure you have the time. It will be well worth it. This guy is dying. He has cancer and has about two months to live. He has a wife and three small children. He was a professor at a University and this is his LAST LECTURE that he gave to his students. Very profound. Stuff we all need to remember.

Don't forget to check out my last post about my fabulous weekend. I don't normally post twice in one day...

I didn't do a basement update this weekend because there's not much to show {That and I had NO time to do a post anyway...} But it's coming along smashingly! Two weeks left! We are going to be ordering the carpet this week hopefully! YAY!

Another blog I read {found her through another friends' blog} had such an inspirational warm fuzzy post today that I thought I would share it with you as well...You can find her blog here.

'The Brave Little Soul'
Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, 'Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?'God paused for a moment and replied, 'Little Soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts.' The little soul was confused. 'What do you mean,' he asked. 'God replied, 'Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.'The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, 'The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle - for the good of all humanity.'Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, 'I am brave; let me go!! I would love to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!!'God smiled and said, 'You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you.'God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. In parting, God said, 'Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.'Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys - some regained lost faith - many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. People checked a website and sent notes of encouragement. People made and brought meals to the family of the suffering. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased ......
(By John Alessi)
So many warm fuzzies today in reading others' blogs. Makes me so glad that I have the blogosphere to help keep me "up". You know?
Becky also posted about blog stalkers. :0) I loved that term. I will let you know that I am NOT a blog stalker. If I have visited your blog, I have left you some love. How many of you are blog stalkers? I know I have several that look and leave without saying hello. It makes me sad. The phrase "comment whore" has been thrown around in the blog world, and I think I am one of those. I don't mind....better than being another kind right? :0) Anyway...if you read my blog....leave me some happy thoughts! I love chit chat!

I think that's all of my ramblings for today....I'm really tired. Long weekend along with losing an hour of sleep thanks to dumb daylight savings time just kicked my butt. Sigh. I need to go buy some milk now. :0) have a happy day!

13 comments:

Sister Honey Bunch said...

Dude. I watched that video and then cried like a baby. I want to know how he's doing now? Is he still alive?

Alicia said...

I will get on that tag. I really liked The Pillars of the Earth, but Medieval stuff is my passion, but I am with you on the can't recommend it, the sex stuff was a bit much, but I loved the story, I miss it now that I am done, I want to know how Aliena is doing and what's up with her kids, I get emotionally involved in characters, I really do think bout them when I am not reading.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

hope you adjusted well to day light savings. I know how you feel...I hate the daylights saving though. when you have kids sleeping through the night but on a schedule...it messes that up :(

Bonnie B. said...

I will do that tag soon, too. My butt has been kicked as well, and I am tired. You wouldn't think that one hour could throw you off, but I'm wiped out, and it's only just after noon!

~Virginia~ said...

Ooh! I like this tag! You didn't tag me, but I'm going to play along anyway! :) Never read Pillars of the Earth--you're a brave person to tackle it!

Amber M. said...

Hi. My name is Amber. I am not a blog stalker. Not often, anyway...

Momma Mary said...

It's always better to be a comment whore than a blog stalker. Stalkers are creepy, and whores are just out to make a living. Well, at least the classy ones. I'm pretty sure you'd be the classy one. I'm neither... I post, I read, but don't comment every time. :)

Sister Sassy said...

I tried to watch last night but then the buggers kicked in to gear. Gonna watch now.

Sister Sassy said...

that was really excellent. I didn't cry but I couldn't start blubbering at work.

Thanks for leaving it for me yestery :*

Shannon said...

Hey, You are definitely brave for taking on such a book. I'm not much of a reader though. Your scrapbook pages are soooo cute. I'm jealous I couldn't be there. We need to pick a retreat date. Let me know?

Cameron said...

I'm a bit of a blog stalker. But not today!

Anonymous said...

Oprah's 4 interviews with Jill Bolte Taylor were the first that Oprah did after Eckhart Tolle and they take everything Tolle talks about to another level. Oprah's copy of Jill's book, MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, was dog-eared and all marked up and kept reading from it the way she read from A New Earth and recommended it highly.

Oprah's recommendation was enough for me. I read My Stroke of Insight and I loved it too. This story is as inspiring as The Last Lecture or Tuesdays with Morrie - and even better, it has a Happy Ending!

I bought the book on Amazon because they have it for 40% off retail and they also had an amazing interview with Dr Taylor that I haven't seen anywhere else - Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/My-Stroke-Insight-Scientists-Personal/dp/0670020745/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211471755&sr=1-2

Anonymous said...

I read "My Stroke of Insight" in one sitting - I couldn't put it down. I laughed. I cried. It was a fantastic book (I heard it's a NYTimes Bestseller and I can see why!), but I also think it will be the start of a new, transformative Movement! No one wants to have a stroke as Jill Bolte Taylor did, but her experience can teach us all how to live better lives. Her TED.com speech was one of the most incredibly moving, stimulating, wonderful videos I've ever seen. Her Oprah Soul Series interviews were fascinating. They should make a movie of her life so everyone sees it. This is the Real Deal and gives me hope for humanity.