In Others’ Words: Wake Up (Guest post)
Today I’m at the MOPS Convention in Dallas, teaching a workshop on cyberbullying. So writer Susannah Friis shares a favorite quote with you.
“I wake up every morning determined to both change the world and have a [heckuva] good time. Sometimes that makes planning my day difficult.” ~ EB White (1899-1985), American writer
I love this quote because it sums up so succinctly how I feel about life.
I am passionate about the changes that need to happen in our world – like the sex slave industry, racism, poverty and starvation.
Yet, I also have a great passion for art, music, good wine and especially having a laugh and fun with family and friends.
Sometimes, I feel twinges of guilt when I am enjoying myself, dogged by feelings that I should be doing something “useful” instead of having fun. Or feeling it insignificant to buy a piece of art simply based on its beauty.
As I grow older, I am slowly learning to reconcile the two and realise that God made me the way I am – with passion for both the “big” issues and the “small” pleasures, and that with Him, there is room for both.
In Your Words: Do you ever feel the pull of two worlds? How do you reconcile them?
Raised a pastor’s kid, Susannah Friis is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, as well as a wife and mother of three children aged 22, 15 and 9. She is also an aspiring writer who currently owns and runs four community publications with her husband. When not working or writing (or having some sort of other fun), it is not uncommon for her children to find her singing and dancing in the kitchen, always off key and out of time. She also likes to look at life sideways and enjoys speculating on the “whys” of how we behave as humans. You can join in the speculation by stopping by her blog at www.speakingpersonally.wordpress.com or follow her writing journey at www.thewriterlyway.wordpress.com.
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