Monday, September 21, 2009

250 posts and 5 words!

My friend Brooke was playing this game the other day and I asked to play along!

She gave me 5 random words, and I am supposed to write a little something about each one.

The 5 words she chose for me were:


Great words--I think she knows me pretty well!

So without further adieu, here are my expansions on each word:

The thing without which I think I would forget to breathe. Music has been such a part of me for my entire life, and I can't imagine going through a day without breaking into song or picking up an instrument. I have to create it, I have to hear it. It's as close as my heartbeat.

What I once thought I was incapable of--loving, or the receiving of it. That was a dark time, and by God's grace...I have found that I DO have the capacity to love and be loved. And it's a beautiful, wonderful thing.

I think I learn this one daily. I grew up in a church that took compassion seriously, and put a lot of emphasis on seeing and responding to the need around us. I'm grateful for this foundation. Right now, I'm temporarily working in an office that helps with the relocation of refugees in our state. If I didn't have compassion before this time, I do now. I've called Anthony on my way home to tell him about a file I saw that day. Imagining these people who are in their 70s starting over again...seeing the hope in the faces of the children on the paper copy of their immigration cards...wondering how those that timed out without finding a job are doing now...
It's a completely different side of the picture than when I was teaching. But it's an important piece, and I'm grateful to be spending a little time doing work that matters, even if to some it seems mundane.

I started this blog just for a creative outlet...invited a couple of friends to read it...and am continually humbled that someone actually reads and enjoys what I have to say. It's become much more than a creative outlet--I feel like I've developed friendships, gotten to know some amazing people, and stretched myself in ways I would never have imagined. I can be honest and just be ME here. There's no putting on of a mask or pretending that I have it all together.

Hmmm. This one is a little more challenging. I don't think any of you need my stats (28 years old, 5 ft 8 inches...) I doubt you want to hear my life story (although if you stick around long enough you'll get most of it.)

I'm a daughter
a friend
one who loves and is loved
one who simply doesn't like some people and doesn't really know why.
a musician
a teacher
a student of life
I use proper grammar when I text
I sometimes interrupt friends when I get excited
I separate candies by color and number
sometimes I cry
And through it all
"I know You love me..."
I am a daughter of the King.

So there you go. For a chance to play along, let me know you want 5 random words, and I'll assign them to you--it's fun!

OH. And because it's my 250th post...
I'm going to let you ask me anything yet again!

Fire some questions at me!



AngiDe- Nana's Box said...

Hi Lora,
Thanks for coming by and visiting! Great post above and I like the words your friend chose for you. I might have to try this sometime!
Happy 250th!!

Brooke said...

i think what people say about themselves is very telling :) glad you played along

HappyascanB said...

Fun stuff! I'm game; shoot me some words!!

Congrats on 250 posts, too! That's awesome!

Bethany said...

That's awesome! I don't even know how many posts I've had, how extremely sad is that?

Jenilee said...

that was a fun way to post about yourself! :)

Sassy Chica said...

What a fabulous post; I enjoyed learning more about you through your own words.

Sassy Chica

I would love to take your five word challenge!