Chef Troll has assigned me a meme:
List my top ten favorite things begining with the letter "F".
If you also would like to participate in this go around leave a comment and I will assign you a letter; come back to the Pond and let me know when you've completed your meme.
I don't know how I could navigate this world sans faith! Faith multiplies my joy in the good times and soothes my weary soul in the tough times.
2) Family, Friends, Fellowship:
I love my family enormously much, they are as the song says, the wind beneath my wings. Some friends are as second families to me which is so important as my dearest loves are scattered across the region and I do not get to hug them often enough. Fellowship to a common purpose is, I think, a sustaining reinforcement to our regular lives. The sense of common purpose and good will, to be a part of something other than things at your own Pond, is a give and receive equation hard to equal in the broader world.
I love farms of all types, little hobby farms, big enterprise farms, modest heritage farms. I like berry farms, vegetable farms, cattle farms, horse farms, tree farms, flower farms .... I'm not too keen on FishFarms but I understand their importance to research. Farms are our food sources and are, I think, our future ...if we can keep the UN out of Americas farming lands.
Glad to not be living in an era before mankind "discovered" fire. I like my food , garnered from all types of farms, mostly cooked. I like the cozy, crackling comfort of my fireplace, I like being warm in a cold climate . I like sharing the particular comraderie that comes when friends and family are gathered around a bonfire, camfire, firepit...for storytelling, foods on sticks, and s'mores on a clear, starry night.
Here is a sentiment I have shared often, so much so Mermaid does a perfect sattire of me delivering this comment,
" Funds ( money) in and of itself are not important and should not be your primary measuring stick for success, accomplishments, or character. The absence of funds is a critically important financial issue because such an absence is a grave threat to your well being " !
Another essential! I love water! Obviously fluids of all sorts are a significant part of our daily lives. Fluids, sustain life on this planet. We use fluids to nurture our faith thru baptism. We enjoy our friends and families thru all the water related activities. We bathe in fluids and use fluids to keep our selves in a fine hygenic state . Fluids run our transportations and fluids clean our homes and posessions, fluids generate economic growth and in many cases, fluids save lives, and create life . 'Fluids' is a huge category, so I will let you identify the ones most relevant for/ to you.
I love fabrics for so many reasons. Fabrics protect and comfort as shoes, clothing, bedding, swaddling. Fabrics, as flags, inspire patriotism. Fabrics are amazing art forms! Fabrics are functional component of our daily lives. Beautiful fabrics, as selected by interior designers, can create a mood within a room to evoke virtually every emotion. Fabrics from filmy wispy illusions to stout flannels can make a female feel, well feminine or frumpy. Fabrics are a recurring blessing in our every day lives with benefits far too numerous to mention here.
Foundations to me are more than structural supports for all our edifices. Although, let me be quick to mention a secure foundation is important to every building . More important are the foundations of religions, foundations of governments, foundations of constitutions and laws , foundations of character and morals weave the fabric of our cultures. Again, a huge category!
Flight or fight is an essential factor of our autonomic nervous systems...
the very foundation of our survival instincts. Flight from things bad, saves species of all levels. Flight by kite is a passage of youth. Flight by bungie is a passage of foolishness. Flight to reach a loved one can mean having that one last moment. Most of us hope our final flight will be upward to Heaven.
May we all be so blessed!
I love a good story. Fiction has taught mankind so many lessons. Who among us have not experienced change from the pages of a good book? Who among us has not benefitted from the shared thoughts of others. We have all experienced a full range of emotions in response to things we have read! The fiction of our childhoods become part of our foundations...who among us did not develop beliefs of right or wrong from Aesop's Fables? Fiction of old informs us of cultures past while current fiction prepares us for cultures of the future. Fiction is sometimes escapism from a reality too hard to live in full time and fiction explores so many "what ifs" for us. Fiction is a favorite staple in the lives of millions. Fiction is an in depth conversation with a person we will never know but will often understand, or appreciate, or hate , or love. Fiction is powerful!