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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Lessons From Church Signs

Last night, I was scrolling back through old notes in my palm pilot (didn't that just make me sound like a businesswoman? A smart, sassy businesswoman? Instead of a woman with a stain on her shirt?) and I found the usual--old shopping lists, reminders to look up something on the Web, and lessons learned from reading church signs. Don't we all write them down when we get to the next traffic light? Please don't tell me that I'm the only person with a palm pilot full of pithy sayings from billboards.

But this one felt very fitting and I wanted to throw it out there: Journeys are the midwives of thought (by Alain de Botton).

What does that mean to you and your personal journey?

P.S. There is money involved for the first person who finds two midwives named Journey and names their child "Thought." I'm just throwing it out there.


Carlynn said...

Woohoo! First comment! If I found a midwife called Journey, I would definitely stick with her but a child called Thought, sorry, Mel, too much for even me.

The other day I said to my husband, "If I fall pregnant again we can call it Resentment, that way we can say we are breeding resentment!" It cracked me up in any case (just the ability to make the pun, no idea where my subconscious was going with breeding resentment and don't want to know.)

I find lines that resonate in songs. Brooklyn Girl suggested listening to old U2 albums and said that adolescent angst is very similar to infertility angst. I can only agree. "It takes a lot of love to push on to the end," to quote David Grey.

Amy said...

I have some sayings that I have hand written and keep in my planner. No techno stuff for me, simply old school paper girl.

Here they are:

"Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us."

"It's human nature to have a hard time accepting anyone who's different. Usually you don't figure that out until you get what you asked for in life and are shocked that in some instances your reward is hatred instead of applause."

"It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got."

"Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

Anonymous said...

Well... how much money?

This infertility journey has been not only the midwife, but one of the progenitors of many thoughts. If thoughts on infertility were babies... nah, that's going to get too confusing. But yes, journeys, thoughts.

One day, if this all turns out ok in the end, I'm going to be very glad I had the opportunity to get so thoughtful. (If it doesn't turn out ok, that thoughtfulness is going to suck.)


Anonymous said...

(And I'll punch anyone who says that to me in the face, and hard.)

Anonymous said...

(...if it doesn't turn out ok.)