Being Wholehearted + 555 + Living with 6 Dwarves
Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island
Put the kettle on. I am staring at the blank page here at 4:20 am, and I’m not quite sure the threads I will pull on today.
I will start with what I finished reading this week and see where we go:
Ask the Dust by John Fante.
- It seemed how he put his words together is how my brain fires on everyday thoughts—something like a pinball in a pinball machine. LOL
The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian, Joseph Jacobs.
- There are easier ways to find wisdom than to read this book. Live, listen, and learn from everything.
Translation and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
― Bessel A. van der Kolk
I listened to an interview by Krista Tippett with Jeff Chu on the OnBeing podcast this week. The conversation was about the book he helped complete for his friend Rachel.
Rachel died tragically at 37 in 2019 of complications from the flu. She leaves behind two very young children, a husband and a world of bereaved friends and followers.
After listening to the interview, I purchased the Kindle version and started reading right away.
Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans and Jeff Chu.
She’d been working on the book before her death. Then, finally, Wholehearted Faith came into the world, completed by her dear friend and colleague, Jeff Chu.
I am enjoying reading this book. Rachels honesty and openness are refreshing.
The quotes I highlighted in her book are plenty, but here are a few.
These chapters are also about loving yourself. Ironically, many of us who grew up believing in all-the-way faith were also told to check important parts of ourselves at the church door. So I write especially for those who feel fractured by the lie that their faith precludes their doubts, their politics, their biology degree, their cultural heritage, their diagnosis, their sexuality, their intellectual integrity, their intuition, their uncertainty, their sadness, their joy. ~ Rachel Held Evans
Pulling on this thread makes me think of the need for more love to be expressed. The following quote by Paul Ferrini says a lot.
I read Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced tik nyaht hahn) passed away at 95 years of age yesterday. I also learned Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist preacher, had nominated Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. I love it. Both men are different in many ways, yet the same. Both were great men of peace. Both are humans. As we would say on the Island, “the same but different.”
Charlie Chaplin lived 88 years and left us with some of his thoughts.
Reading about Charlie Chaplins early life leaves one to wonder where he found the strength to carry on.
The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism. ~ Brian May
Chaplin often thought about faith and religion. Yet, he remained deeply committed to Christianity and the ideal that “We live by faith more than we think and achieve by it more than we realize. I believe that faith is the precursor of all our ideas. To deny faith is to refute oneself and the spirit that generates all our creative forces.”
Charlie Chaplins Muses
(1) Nothing is forever in this world, not even our problems.
(2) I love walking in the rain because no one can see my tears.
(3) The most lost day in life is the day we don't laugh.
(4) Six best doctors in the world...:
- The sun
- Friends, stick to them at all stages of your life and enjoy a healthy life...
"If you see the moon, you will see the beauty of God...
If you see the sun, you will see the power of God...
If you see a mirror, you will see God's best creation.
So believe it. We are all tourists, and God is our travel agent who has already identified our routes, bookings, and destinations; trust him and enjoy life. Life is just a journey! Therefore, live today! Tomorrow may not be."
Speaking of beauty, I discovered the music of Scarlatti this week.
Now my go-to music to start the day. I play it all morning. I find the music enhances productivity. While his music tickles the neurons, joy arrives, making the daily routines a party.
Doménico Scarlatti, born 26 October 1685, in Naples, died 23 July 1757, in Madrid, was an Italian. He is primarily known as a composer. His music was influential in developing the Classical style. He composed in various musical forms, he known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.
What is a sonata? Deep dive on the answer here.
With Every Breathe I Take…
So that is where the thread I pulled on 4 hours ago brought me. I hope you enjoyed your time with these words today.
I’ve enjoyed your company this week. Tomorrow, we begin again.
I wish you a safe and warm weekend.
With love from Prince Edward Island.
Bruce + Millie