Monday, October 02, 2006

Feeling Blessed

Been very preoccupied lately but didn't want to be completely out of touch.

The above picture is a gift that was made for me by my blogger friend GF. I am often completely overwhelmed by the kindess of my online friends--this is definitely one of those times! They are Anglican prayer beads (a little different from Catholic Rosary beads) and the picture completely fails to capture how beautiful they are! Typically the prayers I say when using these, are words written by Julian of Norwich, "All shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well."

And indeed, all manner of thing is well for me. I do the first of my prospective student visits this next weekend to seminaries and my journey is progressing. I had a great weekend touring the city and enjoying the company of a dear friend of the heart. Last night watched one of my favourite movies "Strictly Ballroom." I'll leave you with this line from the movie:

A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.

Wishing us all fully lived lives!


At 6:19 PM, October 02, 2006, Blogger ~Deb said...

It's amazing how much people touch our lives--even if they are in bloggerville or over the internet. They're "real"--regardless. The necklace looks beautiful though! You're very fortunate to have met such caring friends.

At 10:15 PM, October 02, 2006, Blogger SassyFemme said...

The prayer beads are beautiful! The depth of friendship connections that can be made through blogging is sometimes mind boggling but always wonderful; kind of like finding this great filling inside an already yummy dessert.

I've never heard that quote before, but it (like most things you write) resonates with me. Fran and I try to live our life with no regrets (within reason, of course), living as fully as we can. I never want to reach old age, look back and have regrets.

At 12:34 AM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Syd said...

Totally dig the necklace.

Hope your seminary visits are rewarding.

At 6:16 AM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Gunfighter said...

They made it!

How cool!


At 8:50 AM, October 03, 2006, Blogger Trop said...

I stumbled on that quote right as my divorce was finalizing. It has been my motto ever since.

What a wonderful gift! Kudos GF.

Good luck with the seminary visits. It's too bad East Jesus doesn't have a seminary. Well... we do... at Liberty.

At 11:22 AM, October 03, 2006, Blogger BETTY said...

they are beautiful, and it is nice to see you so positive and doing well.

At 2:44 PM, October 03, 2006, Blogger the only daughter said...

Beautiful beads and post. Three cheers-to friends, online and off and to living fully--

Best to you.

At 5:33 PM, October 03, 2006, Blogger KMae said...

That rosary is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!
What a thoughtful gift!!!

At 4:39 AM, October 04, 2006, Blogger Random Reflections said...

Strictly Ballroom - great film. Good quote too.

At 9:40 AM, October 04, 2006, Blogger Zanne said...

Hey Deb, you know you are so right about people being real. I think there's always the temptation to let them be cardboard cutouts if they don't reveal much about themselves that is personal, or we presume to actually know people because they do. It's a strange paradox, knowing people you don't really know! But I'm so glad that I do! :D

Sassy, yes it's amazing isn't it? I'm amazed at the ways my life has changed since venturing into Bloggerville! Truly wonderful! I am so grateful! Hugs my friend!

Thanks Syd, I hope they will be too although truth be told the more I think about it the more I'm wanting to stay right here and go to school. We'll see...

GF, the Man, you are the best! Thank you again! I absolutely love them and have been using them each morning. Thanks for such a special gift! Hugs!

Trop, yeah it's a great quote isn't it? Thanks for the good wishes on my visits. I'm off to Chicago this weekend so say a wee prayer wouldja?! Hugs!

Betty, thank you!

Only D, here here! All the best to you too!

KMae, yes they really are beautiful!

Random Reflections, yay another fan of SB!

At 2:17 PM, October 04, 2006, Blogger Gunfighter said...

Aw shucks, ma'am.

T'weren't nothin'

At 10:59 PM, October 04, 2006, Blogger CrackerLilo said...

How awesome on all counts! *hug*

At 6:07 PM, October 09, 2006, Anonymous Shirlie said...

Anxious to hear how you liked Chicago. I could come and visit you and see Oprah ??????. You have come a long way in the subway-- now on to other annoyances.
Good for you
love you

At 9:43 AM, October 11, 2006, Blogger Zanne said...

GF, 'twere something my friend and it meant a lot to me! Hugs!

CrackerLilo, thanks!

Shirlie, post on Chicago coming up! Hugs and kisses!

At 11:17 AM, October 11, 2006, Blogger Little Blue Petal said...

Lovely beads Zanne! What a truly kind gift!
Liked the quotes you posted too! Wonder what ol' Julian of Norwich would have made of Strictly Ballroom hehe!
Love LBPx


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