“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”
Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Five: Randomness

random photo of Ollie (my daughter's dog) and Emmy (my son's dog)  - they LOVE each other....

RevKarla over at the RevGals offers this Friday Five:

1. Tell us a moment of blessing that you have experienced in the past week. I have been pretty sick lately, so it was a blessing to see the doctor and get some antibiotics. Although the antibiotics are upsetting my digestion, they have helped with the hacking cough from bronchitis. And, yesterday, I had a massage and an adjustment at the chiropractor. Self care is high on my list as I continue to work toward balance in my life.

2. Share the first thing/story that comes to mind when you read "When I was a child..."
I wrote about this recently: remembering

3, 4, and 5. If you were the host of a t.v. talk show, what three people would you like to interview on your first show, and what would you ask them. 

The Dalai Lama - I'd ask him about listening to one another - perhaps we could become better people if we learned to listen better and not feel so compelled to make our point and convince others of our point?  I reflected on that in my post yesterday ( it's below, you can read it if you want too...or not). What role does listening play in growing and developing compassion?

Karen Armstrong - I'd ask her about her Charter for Compassion - how is it going? What role does listening play in having and developing compassion?

Parker Palmer - at church we are reading Palmer's book, "Healing the Heart of Democracy." I've struggled with the book a bit, I always do with Palmer. I'm not sure why, but I find my mind wandering and I then I put the book down and never return to it. It's not that I disagree with him. I'm not sure what it is, but his writing doesn't take a hold of me. Nonetheless, because I am reading this for a book discussion group at the church I am slogging my way through it. It's quite good, and I highly recommend it. I'd ask him if he really has any hope that we Americans are able to embrace the principles of this book and live them? Essentially, are we really able to listen to one another, to our "story" and enter into conversation, mutual sharing, growing in trust and compassion - even if we continue to hold very different understandings of the world?