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[May. 24th, 2004|12:51 pm]
All about my weekend of spiritual renewal ...

It was the Victoria Day weekend, which didn't really affect me that much, as every weekend is a 3 day weekend for me. However, others took the opportunity to hold things of interest.

My weekend began when the parking garage attendant let me off with the reduced rate. I was technically 5 minutes late, so he would have been within his right to change me that extra $3.50. It's those little moments of kindness from a virtual stranger that almost renew your faith in humanity.

Saturday night, I went to something entitled "William Butler Yeats in Canada". It was well put together evening of his poems interspersed with music that fit with the themes of the poems. The poems were in chronological order to give structure to the evening. They read my favourite Yeats poem, When You are Old and Grey, http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~martinh/poems/yeats.html#old. There were even 2 poems written by one of the presenters that had been inspired by Yeats. It was truly magical - poetry read by people who also loved Yeats, and music - Celtic harp, flute, bohdran, and recorder. And we ended by having everyone stand and sing Be Thou My Vision. Others my turn up their noses and say that it was only a concert and not worship, but I worshiped.

I skipped the earlier service Sunday morning and took care of the nursery during church. It was just my daughter and she kept wanting to go out and be with the older kids watching a video. Her father plays her Veggie Tales music and she knows the songs, but then gets bored when it's the talking parts in between the music.

Sunday night was Zelia's recital. It was also amazing. Her theme was the elements, and she did 6 dances for earth, metal, water, air, wood, and fire. The water one was really cool - done to Amazing Grace by Destiny's Child (awesome version). Her air costume with silver wings was the one that I would most liked to have taken home. There were many other great performers. I missed a few things trying to get make up on and being backstage, so I ordered a video of the evening, which means that I will actually have a tape of myself dancing. Our class dance went OK. We really didn't know it. But, there were no Superbowl incidents - I didn't fall out of my new bra (my biggest worry). I love dancing and will have to look for opportunities to continue this over the summer.

And in between it all, I managed to stick to my Quiet Time evening and morning. Life should always be this good.

In my world,

toddlers would be born wanting to sleep in until 9:00 every day,

all parties would have themes,

being a poet would be considered a more important vocation than being a lawyer or corporate executive,

dance would be a normal part of worship,

practicing random acts of kindness would be something we would automatically do as part of our human nature, instead of needing bumper stickers to remind us,

and "Sorry, I had to spend time with a friend" would be an acceptable excuse for missing anything.

[User Picture]From: bhanfhlaith
2004-05-24 10:41 am (UTC)

Just... Wow.

That was inspirational.
So how do we bring your world here? I'm likin' it already.
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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2004-05-28 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Just... Wow.

That was inspirational.
So how do we bring your world here? I'm likin' it already.

Thank you.

OK- the toddlers sleeping in part is never going to happen. You're a mom; you know what a glorious, but occasionally irritating blessing children are. :)

For the rest of it, I would borrow a page from Martin Luther King Jr. (And please don't think I'm making light of his serious cause and what he died for.) But he believed in acting like you had rights now, regardless of what other's said. So, you sit at a counter all day waiting to be served (and most likely not being served) because you believe that people should be served regardless of skin colour and that's how things work in your world.

Following in his example in the more trivial aspects of my life,
you dance in worship, and bring truth and beauty into the world, and life your life as a joyful celebration - and if other people don't like it or don't want to share in my world, that's their choice.

One small example is how I answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" I used to start with my job where they paid me the most. Now I say, "I'm a part-time youth minister and I am a mother ... oh, and I also work for the government." I tack it on at the end, because it is the least important thing about me and the thing that least defines who I am.

Now I just have to take the rest of my advice more often. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-05-24 01:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the recital. I'm glad it went well. I'll look forward to seeing you on tape at some point!

I've been looking for the dance pictures of you from just before you had Grace, but no luck so far. I'll keep an eye out for them, but I suspect they are buried very deep in some pile or other. Did you have any pictures taken in your costume yesterday?

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From: fairydarkfire
2004-05-26 03:49 am (UTC)
I would love to be part of that world as well. :)

It Sounds like you had a great weekend. You were due for one. *hugs* I wish you many more like it.
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[User Picture]From: bhanfhlaith
2004-05-29 04:14 am (UTC)
Ok, I surrender the toddlers part because God made them to wake up early for reasons I may not yet understand even though I'm all old and wise now (hah)

Parties are easy. Host one soon. And have a theme!
I have a lot of work to do towards that end but I actually want to do the same, I just have so much work to do organizing and cleaning this house (we are not talking Donna Reed whining about a bit of dust, we're talking trying to force storage space out of a dank 150 year old farmhouse while avoiding excess mice, summer country bugs and water damage, blah, not to mention NO CLOSETS DOWNSTAIRS (idiots!)

And somehow maybe we can take a cue from Ireland -- there, poets and other writers have (or used to, anyway) some kind of actual legal tax status that basically makes it financially possible for them to pursue this and still afford to live and eat. Failing that, perhaps we can pursue it through official means, such as the NEA.

Where I go to church now, dance isn't a part of REGULAR worship but it is incorporated more often than the typical churches. You are right, singing is done every week but dance is not, and aren't there Bible verses saying Dance unto the Lord and stuff? (Not to be a dork but I'm pretty sure they were quoted in FOOTLOOSE but I would have to dig up the videotape lol)

I was raised to perform random acts of kindness and so was my daughter. But perhaps we can commit acts of awareness raising: perhaps support the creation of a workshop for kids and even for adults to make them more aware and deliberate about it.

And as for the last one... I am not sure what to do except take that stance ourselves and enroll others in it. But there must be some action to be taken...?
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