Over at RevGals, Dorcas offers us a hopeful Friday Five, based on the journey from Lent to Easter, Darkness to Light. She writes:
".... today I am askig for your thoughts on that movement from darkness to light. Tell us five ways in which you are anticiping, or your life is moving towards light, joy, hope--new things: new ideas, new hobbies, new people...and so on."
So, here are my thoughts.....
1. I am a five day old VEGAN. I have been thinking of making the switch from vegetarian to vegan for quite some time, but couldn't imagine life without cheese--and I do love eggs once in a while. However, my love for living creatures was creating a disconnect--there is so much cruelty and non-accountability in the business of corporate chicken farming, and let's not talk about the standards in traditional dairy farming. If I had the time and energy to consistently seek out a small farm where I could buy eggs from little chickens running around, I would. And certainly, at the farmer's market, where I might meet someone selling her beautiful goat cheese that she made from her herd of 20 goats, I wouldn't be able to open my wallet fast enough.
So, for me, a daily practise of eating vegan is a better way to go---with the occasional foray into humane dairy eating. The wonderful thing is that I feel really, really good. I think I might have been clogging up my body with all the mozarella from my three day a week pizza parties. ;-)
2. My beloved and I have started a practise of exercising together at 5 in the morning. Our schedules are so opposite, and one of the things, in the past, we would always do is exercise together. Neither of us have anything scheduled at 5 in the morning. so off to the gym we have been three times this week.
Yay for us. If we can get in 3 or 4 weekdays at the gym, I would be very happy.
3. My ministry is opening up in many ways. I realize how much I have been "managing up" the past four years....in spite of transition, I am feeling very positive. Last night we had our Women's Spirituality Gathering, and it was so very lovely and special. At the end, one of the women slipped a small tissue wrapped square in my hand. She had been helping her mother pack up her house to move to a sr. living facility, and while they were going through things, she found a small stained glass ornament. Sixty years ago, our church burned down, and nothing really remained except the rubble and shards of the beautiful stained glass windows. The members collected what they could to recycle--and the stained glass windows became a fundraiser by turning them into ornaments! There aren't many around...and when N. found this, she said she thought of me immediately, and wanted me to have it.
It was so touching. Good, good things moving towards the Light.
4. I'm fostering two kittens right now. They are full of light.
5. The hints of warm weather. I hate socks...and no-sock days are on the horizon---hooray!