Day’s Verse:
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life.

This is my father-in-law, Gary. He came for Ian’s presentation and I took this picture of him.

I was just sitting here writing WA #4 for my Visual Design class when I wondered:

What do you get passionate about?

The phrase “get passionate” reeks of Christian revivals at summer camp, but it needn’t remain only in those loud, sweaty, earnest circus tents. Life without passion for something becomes little more than a mechanical exercise in metabolism, so I asked myself what I feel passionate about. My list came out thus:

  • My husband, and not only in a sexually passionate way. His presence perks me right up.
  • Academics, and not just success. I love to push myself to learn, challenge myself in new realms, to see just how far I can go (Calc 2 is about it). But success and deriving some pleasure from that is involved as well.
  • Creation, and not just making things. I mean God’s incredible works that we don’t appreciate half as much as we should. You just try to make life from nothing, and see how it goes. Being in nature makes my heart sing; conversely, destruction thereof painfully rends.
  • Waste, and not just food. Everywhere Americans, including myself, disgust me with our wanton energy waste. It’s not free, you know! We can’t live like this forever.
  • Playing, and not just board games, although I love Rummy Royal. I mean taking a break from work, something I don’t do often enough, and really getting to have some good play time.
  • My family, and not just Mom, Dad, and Colleen. I love my Ferguson family and my Sullivan family, and the wonderful extended relatives that come with them. I cannot believe what a wonderful group of people I grew up with and married into. All those stereotypes of cringing when in-laws come over went out the window with Ian’s family.
  • Good food, and I mean all good food. Over the years food and I have had our rough times, but I’ll say it right now: I love to munch on a good dessert.

Try taking an inventory like that. You’ll find that, in fact, you have many things to be passionate about. That’s part of sucking the marrow out of life, living life to the fullest, and appreciating every day you’re alive. Carpe diem, no questions asked.

– KF –

3 thoughts on “Vida

  1. Thanks for the kind words about the extended family and not cringing when you get to gether with the in-laws and grandparents. What happened to the good picture of Gary? You sure do have a way with ideas and words. Love you GMIL

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