Saturday, June 2, 2007

Friday 5 hopes, visions and dreams

Been a couple weeks since I've done the Friday's hoping things have slowed enough that I can keep up with it now. I should note that I had so much fun playing with the font colours that I almost didn't get round to doing the Friday Five itself...

1. Think back to the time you left High School, what were your hopes visions and dreams for your life/ for the world?

As far as I can remember, I had no idea. The thought that I was supposed to decide, right then, what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life, scared me white. (Nobody bothered to tell me that that wasn't actually the case...) I decided on engineering as a major because I felt that that was what was expected of me, and had some vague ideas of being a scientist.

2. Have those hopes visions and dreams changed a lot, or are some of them still alive and kicking? (share one if you can)

Things are a lot more concrete now, that's for sure. :) I'm still not entirely certain I know what I want to be when I grow up, but I have a clearer idea now. I want to make things, I want to grow things. I want to create things. I want to help people get closer to God/dess, by whatever definition they want to use for same.

How I'm actually going to go about this is another question entirely, mind you.

3. Hebrews 11:1 " Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. " Comforting, challenging or frustrating?

Frustrating when I was a kid. Horrendously frustrating. I wanted faith, so very badly, and didn't have it, and reading that would just have made me feel worse (and probably did).

Now, it's comforting. I have faith (I have faith! I have faith! It's still an amazing thing to be able to say) and so I have that substance, that evidence.

4. If resources were unlimited, and you had free reign to pursue a vision what would it be?

Oh, this is a tough one.

Tim wants a farm, see, and while that's his vision not mine, I'm certainly onboard with the idea. Where my vision comes in -- and I've only just thought of this, so it'll probably change -- is a farm that's also a retreat center. A place where people, especially those who've never worked a farm (and who has, these days?) can go to take some time away from the bustle of real life, work if they wish, or not; find a quiet place to stop and think. Any food left over from what's needed to feed us and the folks at the center would, of course, go to some good cause somewhere.

5. Finally with summer upon us- and not to make this too heavy- share your dream holiday....where, when and who with...

My initial thought would be to take Tim and Ray back East with me, to show them the Cloisters and the Met and take them to a Flyers game, walk around Columcille and Evansburg Park, take them to Ikea and Merrymead dairy and Elmwood Zoo. But I have another idea...

Tim and Ray, of course (though I don't know as how Ray would find it any fun); and Adhemar, and anyone else from my SCA household who might like to go; and my sisters of the Sophia Catholic Communion (and, well, anyone else). To Europe, with banners and pack animals and proper medieval clothing (save perhaps for the shoes). A week or two exploring the sights in wherever it starts, and then the main attraction: the Compostela pilgrimage. The whole thing. On foot.

How totally cool would that be?

Course, we'll have to wait until everyone's toes heal up.


Mother Laura said...

Wow did you come back to FF with a bang!

I love the retreat house.

And I really love the pilgrimage.

Great dreams.

And I rejoice that you have faith! And that God/dess has faith in you too.


seeking chivalry said...

Talked to Tim about the retreat house; he rather likes the idea as well. Of course, the exciting part would be getting Ray onboard for it...

Plain Foolish said...

I love the idea of the retreat house/farm...

Kate said...

Me, too, hun; and Tim likes the idea as well. We shall see.