Posted by: lauragoes | September 21, 2014

Hope is a Verb with Feet: Christians, Care for the Earth

Preface: I’m posting in support of the People’s Climate March, which was in New York City today. I have several friends who marched there, and I wish I was there too.

I’ve become more and more convinced that we are at a pivotal moment in history. I don’t want my grandchildren to ask me someday why I never did anything to mitigate, or reverse, the effects of climate change.

We can’t continue with business as usual. Our economic model is built on a premise of infinite resources supporting infinite growth. That doesn’t make sense, considering we are on a planet with finite resources.

I believe that God gave us everything we need, but that he also set up a system asking his people to live within limits. Over and over again, God has showed us his provision, but that doesn’t mean we should ruin what he has provided.

As a people here on the planet, we have become enchanted by the Siren call of more. We demand cheap gas. We wanted war in Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure cheap oil. We want our SUVs and McMansions. Our knickknacks made in China. Our cheap clothes made in factories in Bangladesh. Last year the factory there collapsed and killed over 1000 people but really, did anything change? I bet the Bangladeshi families still mourn. Note that I am using “we” to implicate myself in all this.

The politicians still argue as to whether we are ruining our planet but the scientists have been convinced. I think we know in our heart that we can’t continue with the same behavior and expect great results in the decades to come.

In Kentucky, I’m continually disappointed with the politicians, who are often Christians, that bow to King Coal. Really? I understand that our state is poor but bowing to the pressures of “Friends of Coal” is a short term band-aid on a poor economy. It is not a long-term solution and coal has over and over again proved to be one of the dirtiest sources of energy.

I know that some of my friends reading this are Christians and some aren’t but for those that are Christians, I want to challenge you here:

-I believe Jesus came to restore ALL things to him and salvation is bigger than the saving of souls. I recently learned that the Greek word soteria means both healing and salvation. Thus, Jesus came to save us and to heal us. He came to save the Earth and heal the Earth. I believe as co-heirs with Christ, we are called to work alongside him in this restoration movement.

-Creation care is often tossed out as an elective justice issue. But, it’s at the heart of a lot of our sin. Our sin as a nation is our quest for more and more, bigger and  bigger. Simply, it is greed. If we keep pursuing this sin both in our personal choices and in the policies we pursue as a nation, we will make the planet sicker and sicker. And our hearts will not draw near to God.

-Yes, this matters in regards to our personal faith. But it should also matter because we have been called to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” And this sick planet, with its changing temperature, typhoons, droughts, and hurricanes, will likely hurt our most vulnerable neighbors before it hurts us. Our compassion child in Tanzania. The kids we met on the mission trip to Haiti. The school our church sponsors in Ecuador. Them.

I usually don’t like to be so serious on this blog. I don’t live with these thoughts in my head all the time. But I’ve become convicted that this is very important. earth-from-moon

This is what I ask:

-Ask God to show you if there are any changes you can make in your personal life that would allow you to honor him by caring for creation. Recycling might be a step. Bringing reusable bags to the grocery. Taking your own mug to work.

Am I under the delusion that a few actions like this will “save the planet?” No. But, I believe this is an act of obedience to God. It shows God that we are thankful for what he created and that we live, bowed, in gratefulness, for what he has provided us. It also allows us to witness to our neighbors about our call to “tend the garden.” This is the same call Adam had.

-Vote for politicians that also care about creation. If it is not a voting year, encourage your elected official to champion measures that take care of the Earth.

-Encourage the pastor of your congregation to host a “creation care Sunday” and to begin to integrate creation care principles into your campus practices. (Tips here.)

Last week, I heard a talk by Dr. Vergel Lattimore, President of Hood Theological Seminary. He told us that “Hope is a verb with feet.” I have my hope firmly in Jesus Christ. But as for the feet… I’m living out that hope by:

-Seeking the Shalom (peace) of my city, Lexington, Kentucky

-Speaking to others about creation care. Learning about ways I can love others.

-Serving in my local congregation, Embrace 

-Caring for my friends and family

Doing my best each day to live out this verb, hope, and let its feet go for a run. 

Posted by: lauragoes | March 13, 2014

These Stories Have I Loved

Every few months, I take another stab at reading non-fiction books. Business, religion, ethics… each of these genres I have a difficult time completing, even with the best of intentions. Over and over, I return to stories: fiction, memoirs, biographies. Stories fascinate me. Evidently they have been fascinating people for millennia. Jesus taught in stories. I learned Aesop’s fables growing up. Children and adults alike, we love stories.

I read quite a few books each year but five stories I’ve read in the past year stand out:

Last June, I wandered in to Wild Fig Books over in Meadowthorpe, in Lexington. Wild Fig is my favorite kind of used bookstore, crowded but not claustrophobic, with good coffee as well. I asked the owner if he could recommend some paperback novels to take on my upcoming canoe camping trip to Algonquin Park. He suggested C.E. Morgan’s All the Living. I absolutely loved this novel, which is written by a Kentuckian and takes place in rural Kentucky.  The book is beautifully written and very calm feeling, and is so unlike many other books. It explores the concept of choice within love, especially in lives of limited options. After finishing this book, I lent it to several friends and I recently gave it to Margie for her birthday.

During the first of the year, I read Rick Bragg’s All Over But the Shoutin’. This memoir, by Bragg, a Pulitzer prizewinning author from Alabama, was recommended by both Stephen and my mother. In Shoutin, Bragg tells the story of his childhood, being raised by a single mother and an occasionally-present alcoholic father. Rick moved on in life to a journalism career, eventually writing for the New York Times and winning a Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1994. My favorite part about this book was Bragg’s voice and the expressions he used. “The South” is very trendy right now, in literature, culture, and fashion. Many writers are trying to get at “the Southern thing” and Bragg just nails it. His story is gritty and hard-to-take at times but definitely a strong addition to the canon of must-read Southern lit.

After Shoutin’, I read Tattoos on the Heart, which is one of my friend John Gallaher’s favorite books. Tattoos is a memoir by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit Priest who has been doing ministry in the roughest gang areas of Los Angeles since the mid 1980’s. He founded Homeboy Industries, which is a series of social enterprise companies that employ gang members as they are released from prison. The slogan: “The best way to stop a bullet is a job.” Father Boyle is very well-read and he quotes across the board. The point of his book is very much  grace, so it felt a bit like Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel. Below is one of my favorite quotes of the book.

“Jesus was always too busy being faithful to worry about success. I’m not opposed to success; I just think we should accept it only if it is a by-product of our fidelity. If our primary concern is results, we will choose to work only with those who give us good ones.”

Two weeks ago, I re-read Hannah Coulter, probably my favorite book by Wendell Berry. My grandmother had died that week and I wanted to return to something familiar. Thus, a Berry book seemed like the right choice. Hannah’s story here, like all of the books that take place in Port William township, are about fidelity, place, and family. This book has so much wisdom, and is a great starting place for a Wendell Berry novel. I, like many of my generation and the ones before me, have been molded by the writing of Mr. Berry. I love his notions of community, staying the the same spot for a long time, taking care of people and of the things you own. In a world that is always on/transient/moving/fast/cheap there is something very appealing about the ideas expressed here. Below, I have pasted several more favorite quotes from this book:

“Members of Port William aren’t trying to “get someplace.” They think they are someplace.”

“It is hard to live one life and imagine another. But imagination is what is needed. Want of imagination makes thins unreal enough to be destroyed. By Imagination I mean knowledge and love. I mean compassion. People of power kill children, the old send the young to die, because they have no imagination. They have power. Can you have power and imagination at the same time? Can you kill people you don’t know and have compassion for them at the same time?”

On Tuesday, my book club discussed The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. We agreed it was our favorite book club selection in a while. This novel, based upon a true story, is the tale of a young Charleston girl who was the child of a wealthy slave-owning family, and the slave she was given at age ten. The two girls developed a sort of friendship that lasted for many decades. Each chapter is told by a different one of them, alternating between the slave owner and her slave. I liked this book so much that I stayed up until 2 am two nights in a row, finishing it. Wings left me amazed by Sue Monk Kidd, the author. While not being an African American woman herself, she has nailed her African American female characters in two great novels; first in The Secret Life of Bees and now in this one.

I’m not always a super nostalgic person but I  have to say, I’m pretty bummed about the closing of “College Kroger.” After seven years of shopping there, I’m not sure if grocery shopping will be quite as easy, social, and quick anywhere else. At that Kroger, I was always guaranteed to see at least 4-5 professors, administrators, classmates, and friends from UK–each trip. It seemed that those super-social-shopping days never failed to occur during times that I was wearing horseback riding clothes or something else a little off, such as (memorably) one winter trip there while sick and wearing a ski jacket, my high school lacrosse sweat pants, Adidas slide sandals, and socks. (Yes, I’ll call that Klassy at Kroger, using Klassy with a “K.”) . I’ll miss seeing my favorite checkout-girl, Cara, and some of the other staff members who have worked there for years.

Two other recent Chevy Chase closings are disappointing:
-Premier Home Video. I loved that place. Every once in a while, I’d want to have a night in and I used to drive over to Premier and find a movie to watch on my couch.  Now that Premier has closed, and Netflix instant doesn’t have everything, I’m at a loss as as to to how to find older movies. Last week, I  tried to find Forest Gump, Indochine, and Garden State on instant Netflix and none of them are available. For years, I could depend on Premier to have the miscellaneous ones like these, but that is no more.

– Also, the original Ramsey’s on High Street closed. Ever since I quit working there in January 2012, I jokingly referred to it as my “backup job.” Backup job no more.🙂 It seemed that about half the customers there were neighborhood regulars, with an additional assortment of UK fans, and students. We had many people who would come and sit at the bar each evening for two-for-one happy hour. Do these regulars still drink together elsewhere? The Ramsey’s staff knew the regulars by their orders, names, and or stations in life: “Club Soda Guy” “Vegetable soup” and  “The two ladies from the community college.”

The neighborhood is changing but I hope the endearing, quirky, and cultured feel stays the same.

It is the winter of the polar vortex and the snow just keeps coming. I’ve put together a playlist of my favorite songs that resonate well when driving on weeks the weather just won’t clear up.

The Weary Kind by Ryan Bingham. The song is from the Crazy Heart soundtrack. It might be one of the most gorgeous songs I know. Play it over and over.

Travelling Alone by Jason Isbell. I’m currently really into Jason Isbell’s music (also look up Alabama Pine). Travelling Alone, a driving song, is one to ponder on the road.

Mama’s Eyes by Justin Townes Earle. I saw Justin Townes Earle play at Busters last year. The guy is a great story teller and this song has lyrics that ring true.

Stone Walls by Three Tall Pines- I found out about Three Tall Pines on Pandora. Good stuff. This band is probably the only northern bluegrass band I listen to.

Song for Zula  by Phosphorescent. A bit weird, but like the sound. Like Jason Isbell, Matthew Houck, of Phosphorescent, hails from Alabama.

Whispers in the Dark by Mumford and Sons. Mumford. Clearly winter music. The group mixes folk sound with rock and religion.

Flume by Bon Iver. For me, Bon Iver only comes out when the temp drops below 50 and there are clouds in the sky. The stuff sticks in my head and works as a backdrop to my winter life.

New Slang by The Shins. About four years ago, I had a a hard month and listened to this song on repeat every single day. Somehow, the lyrics capture how you feel when you realize things in your life are a bit off. “New slang when you notice the stripes, the dirt in your fries. Hope it’s right when you die…” This song happens to be in one of my favorite movies, Garden State. I feel a bit awkward recommending this film but if you can get past the strangenness of it and the drug use, I think it holds a bit of truth.

I am always looking for new artists and music.  Below, I’ve included some of my favorite new songs that I have come to love within the past year. My only criteria is that the artist had to be new to me.

Classy Girls by The Lumineers- I’m cheating a bit. My friend Lauren Kennedy told me about The Lumineers Fall 2012. But, I didn’t listen to them until the spring/winter of 2013. I got to see them play outside at Riverbend in Cincy this summer. Fun show. I danced the whole time. This particular song makes me smile every time.

Wanderin by Justin Townes Earle- My friends Laura and John Gallaher introduced me to Justin Townes Earle. The Gallahers have some of the best taste in life of anyone I know, so when they are playing some new jams, I take note. They’ve been seeing Justin (son of Steve Earle) play for years and this spring, they invited me along to see him play at Busters. We really enjoyed the show. He’s quirky but his music feels honest.

Step by Vampire Weekend- Funky. Fun. Another band that Laura and John Gallaher introduced me to- they were playing the newest album one Monday night before we watched Arrested Development.  Not quite sure what these lyrics are about but they make me want to travel:

Every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl
Back back way back I used to front like Angkor Wat
Mechanicsburg Anchorage and Dar es Salaam
While home in New York was champagne and disco
Tapes from L.A. slash San Francisco
But actually Oakland and not Alameda
Your girl was in Berkeley with her Communist reader
Mine was entombed within boombox and walkman
I was a hoarder but girl that was back then

I’m on Fire by Town Mountain- I’m not quite sure how I heard about Town Mountain, but I saw them play on the lawn at Keeneland last April. Their free show was a great way to end a day of tailgating and horse racing.

Ends of The Earth by Lord Huron- Lord Huron is a band that has amazing lasting power. I’ve been listening to them at work for three weeks straight. I first heard of Lord Huron while in the car with my friend Amanda Frost, who I was visiting in McLean, Virginia last spring. Amanda and her husband, Jason, have great taste in music– they also got me into The Head and the Heart. Anyways, I highly recommend Lord Huron as “music that sets well.” Buy the whole album.

Slow Show by The National- I’m not sure how I came to know The National but I have really been enjoying them. They fit in their own category, different from a lot of my music. Much of the music I listen to is folk/bluegrass/Americana. The National feels less Southern, a bit more like I imagine a smart, articulate, New Yorker to be. One that broods over their whiskey after catching a late Broadway show.

Littlest Things by Lily Allen- I honestly don’t know anything about Lily Allen but this song makes me smile. It is in the movie, Jesse and Celeste Forever, which I really liked as well.

Teach Me to Know by The Lone Bellow- A blogger that I read, Jess Graves, of The Love List, was the one that told me about The Lone Bellow right when their album came out in early ’13. The Lone Bellow is a group of talented Brooklyn-based musicians who sing often melancholy, meaningful lyrics. This summer, I saw them open for Brandi Carlile at The Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville and then I saw them again at Headliners in Louisville last month. It took me a bit of time to warm up to them, but now, they are a favorite.

Posted by: lauragoes | December 20, 2013

From One Music Fan to Another, Best Live Acts of 2013

2013 was by far my best year as a music fan, as this year was the first one I have been employed full-time, year round. Steady income makes a difference when buying concert tickets. I had the opportunity to see a lot of great artists live this year. The list: Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, Brandi Carlile, Town Mountain, Vandaveer, The Avett Brothers, Scott Miller, Ben Sollee, The Lumineers, and Justin Townes Earle.

I’ve reflected on my three favorite acts of the year, and have sorted them by venue size.

Favorite Small-Venue show: Shovels N’ Rope

Shovels & Rope is on their way up. I first heard Shovels & Rope while perusing Central Records, which is above SunDog books, in Seaside, Florida Thanksgiving 2012. The store was playing “Birmingham” and I liked it so much I had to ask the cashier about the band. I returned to Kentucky, looked up the music, and have been a fan ever since. The folk rock duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are actually married to each other, which I didn’t realize when I had the opportunity to see them at Cosmic Charlies last January. Over a Blue Moon in a packed bar, I was drawn in by Cary Ann’s deep voice and their musical versatility.


Lay Low

Favorite Medium Venue Show: Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee hails from my current town, Lexington, KY. He went to high school at Lexington’s SCAPA, and has toured with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. I had known of him for a while, but I really started listening to his music more over the summer. In August, I got to meet Ben. One Sunday afternoon, my cousin Callie and I went to the Woodland Art Fair with her dog, Laila. We were standing outside one of the art tents and this thin man with glasses bent down to meet her dog. I grew excited, as I realized it was Ben. To show my total coolness and familiarity with celebrity musician culture, I said, “Um, are you Ben?” He said yes. Then I said, “I really like your music.” (profound, right?) I told him that I was going to his concert the next month and he thanked me for supporting his music. After another minute of small talk, we parted ways. Callie and I decided that Laila had been a great conversation piece.

The next month, September, I went with several friends to the Kentucky Theater to see him play live and he was fantastic. I liked so many things about seeing Ben live: his story telling, his humor, and the way he makes all kinds of music with his cello. He even brought out another great local musician, Daniel Martin Moore, to perform several songs with him. Kentucky friends, go see Ben if you get a chance. Here are several favorites:

It’s Not Impossible (Boys Don’t Cry)

Change is Gonna Come

Favorite Large-Venue Show: The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers have been my favorite band ever since they released I and Love and You in 2009. I got to see them in Fall 0f ’11, and then they came back to Rupp last month and I went to see them with a group. Once again, they were fantastic. I love those guys. Their music feels real-honest-poignant and the lyrics are memorable. Seeing them live, I again was impressed with their instrumental versatility. Plus, I like that they hail from one of my favorite states, North Carolina. I’ve been to North Carolina five times this year for work, and each time, I find myself peering around coffee shops and restaurants, looking for Seth and Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon. So far, in a state of 9 million plus, I’ve had no luck in spotting a band member while visiting the Tar Heel state. Hope springs eternal.

Here are two favorites from their new (2013) album, The Magpie and the Dandelion:

Morning Song

Bring Your Love to Me


Posted by: lauragoes | December 18, 2013

Christians, let’s talk about guns

It’s been one year since the Sandy Hook shootings. A year and a half since Aurora. Almost 15 since Columbine. With each tragedy, I ask, “What can we as Christ followers do to prevent more violence from occurring? As those called to bring peace to the world, what is our role in stopping further heartache?”

I grew up ambivalent about the possession and use of firearms, but became interested in nonviolence as a tool of Christian peacemaking after completing my Masters in Diplomacy. I spent two years during graduate school listening to debates on foreign policy, nuclear weapons, and how much money the US gives to Egypt and Israel, paying them not to fight each other. Throughout the lectures and debates, I remained silent, unsure as to what I should believe as a follower of Christ.

During that time, I took a semester off school to work in Cambodia for a Christian development organization. I saw a country still reeling from a genocide that claimed the lives of about two million people, just a generation ago. I visited The Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh and squinted at the mass graves, looking for pieces of bone poking out from the sunken pits. Over seaside meals of crabs caught from the Gulf of Thailand and steaming plates of white rice and vegetables, I listened, amazed, to stories about sharing the Gospel in prisons and escaping from the Khmer Rouge during The War. I met several Cambodians who have visited America. Over and over, their number one remark about their time in the States was amazement that guns are legal here. To a people who have survived genocide, the necessity to carry guns is incomprehensible. Reflecting on the Cambodian’s sentiments, I started to question the strangeness of our national love of guns.

I began to further consider Christian non-violence last fall during a Wednesday night study at my church. Our small group of black and white, homeless and homed, employed and under-employed Christians studied Chuck Gutenson’s book The Right Church, with discussion led by the author himself. The book examines the early Church and leaves the reader to extrapolate what we can learn from the first followers of Christ. I was remarkably struck by the fact that for several hundred years, the early Christians refused to fight. Those closest to Jesus himself believed that they were called to lay down their lives instead of taking up arms. How then, has the Church moved so far away from our foundations?

Reflecting on my time in the classroom, in Cambodia, and in studying the history of the early Church, I realized that we as the Church have failed to wrestle with the effect that our gun policy has on both our communities and the world as a whole. We have chosen to cling so tightly to the Second Amendment that we are unable to discuss the interplay this right has on the violence in our society today. I know that gun violence is caused by a variety of factors: mental illness, societal inequality, anger, and that stricter gun laws will not completely eradicate both gun crimes and suicides. But, I believe that limiting gun access and gradually reducing gun ownership in homes will lead to a reduction in gun-related deaths.

Although I have little faith in the desire of our politicians to lessen gun use, I do have faith in the followers of Christ. The Church has lead our nation in many areas such as the pro-life movement, care for the homeless, and international adoption. I further invite the Church into dialogue about how we can lead the nation, as Christians, in mitigating gun violence. Fifty-seven percent of white American Evangelicals live in homes where someone owns a gun.* Let’s begin to candidly discuss what we as Christians should do with our own personal firearm use, gun policies in our community, and finally, in our nation.

I believe the witness of laying down our arms, giving up some of our own rights in order to work toward peace as believers, will be so perplexing to a nation consumed with personal liberties that it will cause people to begin asking, “Who is this Jesus the Christians are following?” I am not asking each believer to reach the same conclusions as me. But, I am asking the Church to begin discussing this today.

*Public Religion Research Institute

Posted by: lauragoes | December 3, 2013

Looking into Leaning In

Sunday, on my way back from Destin, I finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Over the past year or so, I have been following the discussion surrounding this topic of women in the workplace. The most recent iteration of this was launched by Anne Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic  in summer 2012. Melissa Mayer’s nomination of CEO of Yahoo while pregnant followed a few months later, and then, the release of Lean In by Sandberg. Surrounding these items has been a host of blogs, essays, and discussions all over the country. My book club even touched on some of these issues at our last meeting several months ago.

To understand a bit of Lean In, read Sandberg’s Time essay here. I read this book because the topic really interests me. Being a woman in the workplace, and one that could see working on and off throughout my life, I believe this dialogue affects me and the rest of the female working population. Also, as a Christian, I believe we can bring a unique perspective to this conversation, as we aim for excellence in all we do, while still always looking to first to honor the “Audience of One.” (to take a phrase from FCA camp in middle school)

A year or two ago, Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder came and spoke to a group of Patterson Sch0ol women.  I really enjoyed attending Bachelder’s talk. She is a Christian who has been married to the same man for many years. Together, they raised three daughters, who are now adults. The point that stuck out for me from her talk is that you can’t “have it all.” She said said she chose her family (good marriage and time invested in children) and her career, but she doesn’t have many close friends and she doesn’t have hobbies. It’s a trade off. Throughout my time reading Lean In, I often reflected on Bachelder’s words.

Lean In raised several questions and concerns for me:

– Does Sheryl Sandberg have any personal friends, outside of family and work colleagues? Does she have any hobbies or things she does just because they make her heart sing? How does she give back in a meaningful way (faith, service, etc) other than her contributions as COO at Facebook?

-I felt that her analysis and suggestions made a lot of sense for the small percentage of women who work high level-corporate or other jobs. But, in my experience, most women don’t want 100 hour a week jobs. I was impressed with Sandberg, though, because she repeatedly affirmed women who have made other decisions (to stay home, work part-time, etc). Still, her commentary most applies to elite career women.

Overall, I really enjoyed Lean In. My favorite part was hearing about her path to where she is currently working now. I feel that she offered quite a bit of good advice, such as choose a mentor or sponsor, figure out what you need on your own terms, and also, just the encouragement that women’s voices need to be heard when making major decisions.

Likely, I don’t ever see myself where Sandberg is. But, it makes me happy that she has the opportunity to be there, leaning in, and helping others to do the same.

Posted by: lauragoes | November 17, 2013

Checking In

I keep trying to figure out how to return to blogging so I’ll start with books. I finished two books recently.

The first one was Where’d Ya Go, Bernadette, which I read with my book club. We all really enjoyed it. This was a face-paced fiction mystery, which was written as a collection of letters and emails. Almost the entire book took place in Seattle, with a bit also occurring in Antarctica. It was rare that we all enjoyed a book so much, as often book club selections vary in popularity.

This week I finished another read which kept me up till 1:30 am, I was enjoying it so much. Daughter of Empire is the autobiography of Lady Pamela Hicks, who is Queen Elizabeth’s cousin. The book covers the first 25 years of her life, growing up in England, Malta, and then India as a young adult. If you enjoy history and learning about the British aristocracy, you will like this quick read.

In other news, yesterday I attended a Prison Re-Entry Ministry conference hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington with a friend my from church. I wanted to attend this to learn more about the challenges people face as they leave prison since quite a few people at my church are dealing with this. The conference was fantastic, with a mix of ex-convicts sharing their stories of the challenges they faced leaving prison, someone from city government, several who run Lexington’s homeless shelters, and then quite a few ministers. I didn’t leave with any “big revelations” but I hope that in the future, I can be more understanding to people as they transition into “free” life.

Posted by: lauragoes | January 14, 2013

Learn to Like

““Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different…different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the song of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.””

– Lowell C. Bennio

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