Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday five: the view from my chair

A visual Friday five (thanks, Sally!) answered by an aurally-fixated soul:
1. How important is the "big picture" to you, do you need a glimpse of the possibilities or are you a details person?

I serve in a leadership capacity (mostly big-picture) in several arenas, and a support capacity (mostly little details) in my day job. Feels a bit bipolar to me, but I'm trying to see it as a spiritual practice to balance the two–to find the "third way," if you will.

2. If the big picture is important to you how do you hold onto it in the nitty-gritty details of life?

Big picture is MUCH easier for me than details (with the caveat that I may occasionally be deluding myself; see this post, below). For the details: lists. Love writing 'em, rearranging 'em, crossing things off. :-)

3. Name a book, poem, psalm, piece of music that transports to to another dimension (one...what am I thinking...)

The choral music of Arvo Part (really any of it) pops a big tranquilizer dart into my "monkey mind" (wow, I'm such a Buddhist today!) and suspends me in midair, up by the rose window of a beautiful cathedral. Mmmmmm...

4. Thinking of physical views, is there somewhere that inspires you, somewhere that you breathe more easily?

Two views come to mind that ease me into a feeling of presence in the moment: a vista of Big Water (almost any) and Beloved, asleep (awwwww).

5. A picture opportunity... post one if you can ( or a link to one!)

Again, mmmmmm... this was taken on our honeymoon, from the deck of the lake cabin where we stayed.


DogBlogger said...

What a lovely honeymoon setting!

RevDrKate said...

Nice! Love the picture, looks like a beautiful serene place. I just came onto Arvo Part not too long ago and yes, I know what you mean!

Chorus said...

And what a beautiful honeymoon it must have been in that lovely place!

Deb said...

Nice peaceful place!!

And I like lists, but I lose them!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Beautiful photos. And I love the comment about Beloved sleeping.

Queen Mum said...

Thanks for the Arvo Part recommendation. I just now went looking for some of him, and WOW.

The Swandive said...

We both posted honeymoon pics, love it. And a third way, a middle way, wonderful balance. Wonderful play!

Shalom said...

Oh, Arvo that.

And I really love the story about creation and the broken mirror below - if you see this comment, could you post on my blog where you found that? It would be perfect for my sermon this week.

Thank you!

Shalom said...

Thanks so much - for the story location and the link!

Singing Owl said...

Arvo Part? I guess anything that makes one float in the air is something i should investigate~

RevAnne said...

I'm with Deb--I can make a list, but not losing them is another issue.