September 11, 2012

Good Night Dear Void

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void."~Kathleen Kelly (You've Got Mail)

 A friend of mine reminded me of this quote recently. It kind of reflects my life right now. Fear is so very real. Being brave is scary stuff let me tell you! We talk about stepping out in faith and trusting. But talking about it and actually doing it are truly two different things! I have decided that I'm pretty wimpy and weak when it comes to stepping out into the great unknown "armed with..........nothing." (Kudos if anyone actually knows that reference! I may have seen that movie a few too many times.)

Putting yourself out there on a blog is pretty scary stuff too! I'm still not sure if by doing this, I'm being brave or being crazy. Probably both, definitely the latter! But isn't that what this life is so full of? Craziness and chaos and lots of adventure? If nothing else, it builds character, right?

(Every time I use that phrase, I'm reminded of Calvin and Hobbes. From the comics?  Every single time Calvin's dad heard him complain about some miserable camping trip, or having to rake the leaves, or something equally horrible, he would use that phrase. "It builds character!" Calvin never believed him. I'm not sure I do either. But it sure is fun to say!)
"Character-building, as usual, being code for experiences that suck so much while you're going through them that the most effective solace available is the firm belief in future noble and virtuous personal benefits." ~Lisa McKay
I'm not so sure about noble and virtuous benefits, but it sounds good, right? Sure it does. But in reality, life is messy and we just have to get up each day and keep on putting one foot in front of another. What really counts, I think, is how we respond to the day to day messiness.  I know I rarely don't always make the right decisions. But hallelujah, we serve a God who forgives and loves us anyway! I'd like to think that the next quote is a little closer to reality.
"...She flailed bravely into adventure not because she wished to figure as a hero, but because she was determined to battle for right, even if she struggled from day to day to define just what "right" might be." ~Sherwood Smith
 So, I have no words of wisdom to end with. Just the clear thought in my mind to keep....on....going!

As Kathleen said,"I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So, goodnight dear void."

PS: To anyone who made it this far and is interested. I hope to do some book reviews soon. I just have to get this blogging thing down first. There's so much to learn! But the reviews will be forthcoming.


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging! It can be and is a wonderful, maddening, frustrating, liberating, joyous, crazy experience. I've been blogging for almost 8 years now. I started it on a whim and thought for sure I would have abandoned it long before now. At times I wonder just why I do it, why I let it consume so much of my life. At others I am in awe of how great the experience is. If you stick with it you'll no doubt experience those same things and many more.

    I would encourage you to do what you do for you and let it grow with you into what you want it to be, not what you think others want or what others feel it should be.

    Love that quote by Kathleen Kelly. One of my favorite films. We quote it a lot around our house.

  2. Thank you Carl. Those are such kind words. I appreciate the advice. I do think it will be a great experience if I make it one. You've certainly encouraged me to keep going. Love all the adjectives by the way! Crazy or no, I'm excited for the journey ahead!

    And yes, that movie is just so quotable, isn't it? I can about recite every scene, but I doubt I will ever tire of it.

    Thanks again for visiting! :)

  3. You are very welcome. We certainly haven't tired of the film and we watch it once or twice a year at least. It is such a perfect romantic comedy and Ryan and Hanks are so great together. I'm sad that Nora Ephron has passed as it would have been great to see her helm another picture with them in it.

  4. I agree Ryan and Hanks are an absolute gem to watch! It would have been fun to see Nora Ephron do another film. That was one of the first things that went through my head when I heard she had passed away, "no more fabulous romantic comedies." I'm sure there will be some, but no one can measure up to Ms Ephron. :)


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