Growing, Not Dying

Welcome to my insights, ponderings, and experiences. Hopefully they will enrich you in some small way, or at least make you laugh.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Question Meme

Jim has decided to do a Question Meme to see how it ends up being linked around the web.

The idea is you read a question on someone's blog (I read Jim's) then answer on your own blog (see below.) If someone wants to know the question they follow the link back to the question. Then if they want to join in, they answer your question on their blog with a link back to the question they are answering (like the one below) and post a new question for others to answer.

My answer:

Wolves are totally amazing creatures. I would be an alpha female. Loving, nurturing, loyal, fierce protector but gentle mother, wise in seeking opportunities, conserving of energy yet knowing how to have fun.

Question for you:

**What was one extrodinary moment in your life?**

Another quote

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give." --William A. Ward.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Inspiring Quote

"In order to pass the test, first you must take the test."

This is printed on my keychain. It is the only keychain I carry. It is a constant reminder that although fear my show it's head that is no reason to quit.

Unlike some people, I loved school. I wasn't at the very top of the class, but I did well. Most of the kids were really nice, teachers were cool for the most part, and I was good at school. I could test well and "behave" to please the adults...and it was the one place I felt myself.

As such, seing life as a classroom is a metaphor that works for me. (If seeing it as a dance, or an adventure, or a trip works better for you, by all means go with that.) Of course, if life is a classroom, there will be tests. If you don't take a test in school you get a score of 0. That is very hard to bring up when averaging scores. If you take a test, anything below a 60/100 is failing. However if you fail a test you learn where you are weak so you can study, you may be able to get a retake, and if nothing else, it is easier to average up.

In life we are often presented with many kinds of tests. Some are easy and we hardly realize it was a test. Others are so big that we build up tremendous amounts of fear around it, before the test actually arrives!

Read the following as if you wrote it.

If I try I might fail.

If I don't try, I did fail.

Most importantly, if I take the test I might pass.

Perhaps even with flying colors!