If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with? (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.) After I retired from fulltime teaching (don’t ask me how I have ended up teaching full time again!), I created a “teacher supply” room for all the essentials which I couldn’t give up. True, I left a massive amount of teaching supplies at my last school, but I couldn’t relinquish everything. For a month or so, this space was reasonable by my low standards, but now it could be featured on Hoarders reality TV. It’s impossible to walk from one side of the rom to another without falling over. No, I am not including a photo. I DO want to reclaim the room but the tyranny of the urgent (lesson plans, eating pomegranates, etc.) keeps me stirring the pot of debris.
If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work? I have to write something on my hand in indelible ink. I remember going to a pharmacy staring at the letter Q on my hand. I found other things to buy, of course, but nothing beginning with a Q. As I waited in a long line, I chatted to folks around me and explained my dilemma: I needed this for school tomorrow. What a helpful group they were! Q-tips were on everyone’s mind. Quarters or a quarter of something, quarts of something, quills (I had those, thank you). What do you think it was?
If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize: sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)? Definitely touch. I want to feel fuzzy blankets or comforters, furry teddy bears, a soft couch, and my cuddly teaching widower.
If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? On my father’s side, I am afraid they would be horrific people, having perpetrated generations of alcoholic, crazy, and violent folks. On my mother’s side, they would be poor folks with broken relationships and alcoholism. I’d rather not talk to any of them.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful for feeling HEALTHY and returning to the swimming pool. I am looking forward to a women’s retreat next weekend, knowing that we will experience the power of the Holy Spirit! Woohoo!