Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Five: Fall Transformations

Mary Beth says: "Here in my neck of the woods, rain is falling...a little uncharacteristic for August, but most welcome! It'll be hot and humid later, but a break in the heat is most welcome.Also falling (especially into my driveway) are the fruits of the bois d'arc tree (also known as the Osage Orange). We call them "bowdarks" and enjoy bowling them down the driveway to the empty lot across the street. (Yes, I may be a redneck...) Bois d'arc fruits are used only for: 1) making more trees and 2) eating by squirrels (if you have another use, please let me know!) The wood of the bois d'arc tree, however, is very hard and very beautiful, and makes gorgeous items like the vase above. Such a lovely thing, from such an odd-looking source!"

(Sorry I can't post Mary Beth's lovely pictures....my computer does very strange things when I try...sigh...so go see them at RevGals!)

For this Friday's Five, share with us five transformations that the coming fall will bring your way.
  1. The first one that comes to mind is one that has already begun and that I am hoping (and believing based on all evidence so far) will continue. And that is my "stepping off the curb" to a new and expanded social life. This may seem kind of superficial to someone who does not know the whole story....but truly, it is transformational!
  2. Fall has always felt to me a most appropriate time for cleaning out, clearing out and beginning fresh. (Maybe because I spent over thirty years of my life in school!) So I am hoping that fall will bring more transformations to my house, especially to the "basement of despair" which I hope to get cleaned out before the snow flies.
  3. On September 12 I will celebrate the second anniversary of my ordination. This astounds me either as in: "Two years already?" or "Only two years?" depending on the day. As I move closer to this day I have already been thinking back and reflecting on the tremendous changes that have occurred in my understanding of what it means for me to be called to be a priest and how I manifest that in my life every day. There have been so many teachable moments that God has used in my "post-ordination formation" to get me off the altar and into the world. I'm sure as I move into year three God will have more interesting learning opportunities in store for me!
  4. I am hoping to transform the pile of paper under my desk into shreddies for recycling, the pile of paper in my desk into neat files, the miscellaneous junk stuffed into the overhead bins into some sort of order....well you get the idea....my office needs attention! I have been "living" in my day job space for going on four years now, and just like at home, the accumulation is getting overwhelming....so transforming it into order so I can actually find things....well that would be good!
  5. I don't know that it's transforming my spiritual disciplines need so much as just a wee nudge back in order. The "things I sustain so they will sustain me" have gotten a little lax and a little sparse over the summer. Fall seems like it might be a good time to get myself back to meditation and to yoga. I miss my daily practice, but seem to need a kick-start. Where's a liturgical season when you need one? Does Fall count?
Bonus: Give us your favorite activity that is made possible by the arrival of fall. One of my favorite ever things to do is go on hayrides. Now sadly I have not done this for years. But I could, maybe. And fall us surely the time. Hmmm....there's a thought!

13 comments:

RevAnne said...

Ooh, hayrides...I miss them from my previous appointment, where we had a local Christmas hayride that was amazing.
Great play!

Mary Beth said...

I think Fall is a great liturgical season. I've been in a non-Lenty Lent this summer, and I'm about ready for it to be over. Maybe that's where this Five actually came from! Hum!

Good on you with the basement...you have done such a lot of good organizing recently and you inspire me!

Mother Laura said...

Happy ordination anniversary! I just passed the fourth anniversary of my priesting on Transfiguration Aug. 6....And many blessings on your fall and the new signs of life you are experiencing.

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

I certainly are with you on the cleaning out...something about fall...maybe it is the shift of clothing which starts the ball rolling. Thanks for the welcome back.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Congratulations on your upcoming ordination anniversary--I'm only a bit ahead of you (it will be three years in January). And I know exactly what you mean with the "two years already/only two years?" feelings.

DogBlogger said...

"Basement of despair" -- love that term... hope it clears out as easily as it can!

Chorus said...

Congratulations in advance on your two year anniversary!

Ruth said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope you find a hayride with actual hay!

Rev Honey said...

Wishing you some great hayrides with great company! Nice play...

PK said...

y'all can come on down... hayride at the fall festival... nov 1. it's free! the tractor driver's been known to run into things... so you might be taking a risk!

Auntie Knickers said...

I agree, fall is a good time to get organized. It's not too hot and not too cold and the carryover from our years of schooling makes it psychologically appealing.
And the social life thing sounds good too!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Congratulations on your upcoming ordination anniversary.

I like to get reflective in the fall too. My birthday is in September, so it just seems appropriate.

SpiritMists said...

Hayrides, yes! Great play!