Friday Five: Randomness

random photo of Ollie (my daughter’s dog) and Emmy (my son’s dog)  – they LOVE each other….

RevKarla over at the RevGals offers this Friday Five:

1. Tell us a moment of blessing that you have experienced in the past week. I have been pretty sick lately, so it was a blessing to see the doctor and get some antibiotics. Although the antibiotics are upsetting my digestion, they have helped with the hacking cough from bronchitis. And, yesterday, I had a massage and an adjustment at the chiropractor. Self care is high on my list as I continue to work toward balance in my life.

2. Share the first thing/story that comes to mind when you read “When I was a child…”
I wrote about this recently: remembering

3, 4, and 5. If you were the host of a t.v. talk show, what three people would you like to interview on your first show, and what would you ask them. 

The Dalai Lama – I’d ask him about listening to one another – perhaps we could become better people if we learned to listen better and not feel so compelled to make our point and convince others of our point?  I reflected on that in my post yesterday ( it’s below, you can read it if you want too…or not). What role does listening play in growing and developing compassion?

Karen Armstrong – I’d ask her about her Charter for Compassion – how is it going? What role does listening play in having and developing compassion?

Parker Palmer – at church we are reading Palmer’s book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy.” I’ve struggled with the book a bit, I always do with Palmer. I’m not sure why, but I find my mind wandering and I then I put the book down and never return to it. It’s not that I disagree with him. I’m not sure what it is, but his writing doesn’t take a hold of me. Nonetheless, because I am reading this for a book discussion group at the church I am slogging my way through it. It’s quite good, and I highly recommend it. I’d ask him if he really has any hope that we Americans are able to embrace the principles of this book and live them? Essentially, are we really able to listen to one another, to our “story” and enter into conversation, mutual sharing, growing in trust and compassion – even if we continue to hold very different understandings of the world?


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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10 Responses to Friday Five: Randomness

  1. revkjarla says:

    Hey! I chose the Dalai Lama, too! But then I totally regressed into fluff. Thanks for the link to your memoir about your mother…I really appreciated reading it, and I haven't been keeping up very well lately. Also, indeed, continue on that self care! Feel better soon….

  2. Purple says:

    Parker Palmer is one of my theological heroes.

  3. Muthah+ says:

    Karen Armstrong! Yep, me too.Teri, prayers come for you to feel better soon. I have found a steamer at night helps with the bronchitis.

  4. RevTSB says:

    Love Parker Palmer – need to read that book. Thanks!

  5. river song says:

    I LOVE your new header photo!!!!! great interviews options, too, and so happy you're getting well. peace!

  6. PrJoolie says:

    I could SMELL the pumpkins in your picture. I loved the reflection on your mom. Peace.

  7. altar ego says:

    Glad you're feeling better. Sorry it is taking so long to recover!There are people out there who are dedicated to listening, and some of them are actually sharing their experience of how listening impacts them. It is true, though, that people, in general, could stand to improve their listening skills. Nice about your mom.

  8. Nancy says:

    I have had the book and not yet read it – his writing touches something deep inside me.Thank you for writing about self-care. It is a good reminder for me.Your discussion on listening reminds me of Marshall Rosenberg's work, Nonviolent Communication. Another good reminder that it is part of my self-care.I so appreciate your writing, Terri. You feed me. Many thanks.

  9. Jan says:

    We read and discussed "Healing the Heart of Democracy" in the weekly Wisdom Class. I found it hopeful but idealistic. Without hope, where would we be? Hope you feel better soon!

  10. Terri says:

    Jan, I quite agree – idealistic, hopeful. But that's okay. I want to be that way too…I used to be but not so much these days…Nancy – thank you!Altar – indeed, some folks are dedicated to listening…I wonder what it would be like if more of us were able to do this, and more intentionally? I think it is one of my goals. ..Muthah+ – the vaporizer is my new BFF lolThanks, everyone for stopping by and commenting.

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