Wednesday December 17, 2003

Circle of Words - #49

Circle of Words was inspired by Sarah Ban Breathnach's book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy currently on the "Bargain Books" list at Barnes& (hardcover for only $4.98 while supplies last). Here are this week's entries.

Legacy of Love

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- Leo Tolstoy

1.  Not all Christmas celebrations are filled with happiness. Some are difficult to handle due to a recent loss of a loved one, divorce, or other painful event.  Have you had a Christmas like this? What do you remember about this particular Christmas?

Meditation for Women Who Read Too Much

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
- Louisa May Alcott

2.  Do you enjoy reading? What sort of things do you read - books, magazines, etc?  What do you feel you get out of reading?  Does your joy of reading helps you in your own life experiences, how?

A Birthday Ritual

The birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

- Christina Georgina Rossetti

3.  Today is probably not your birthday, but it does come every year. How do you usually celebrate your special day? Do you enjoy the day or do you dread the idea of being one year older?  Happy Birthday to you on your special day!! May each and every year be better than the one before!

Celebrations — Yes, I have had a Christmas like this. It was... difficult... not something I care to remember. In the past 5 years I've been working on reducing stress. I have "given myself permission" to opt out of the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season.

Reading — Do I enjoy reading? Do cats enjoy naps?

I read everything — books, technical books, magazines, newspapers (when I see them), and the backs of cereal boxes :-) I read for pleasure, for knowledge, and because there's something in front of me with words on it. Mostly, I read fiction. I get many things out of reading, including information, entertainment, and travel. Through books I can travel to other worlds and meet people I would never have met otherwise. I'm sure my reading has an effect on my "everyday life experiences", but I'm not sure I could enumerate how; reading is simply an integral, necessary part of my life, like breathing or cats.

Birthdays — A very merry un-birthday to you (to me!)

My birthday falls at the end of January, precisely 5 weeks after Christmas. When I was little, I would always ask for special presents "For Christmas or My Birthday". I love my birthday; it's my day. I have more of an affinity for birthdays than for Christmas. I don't think about age (I have never given much thought to age, not to mine or to anyone else's). I often celebrate by taking a day off from work (when, that is, I have a job!)

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