Collage of Me

Meeting Cinderella for the first time

Meeting Cinderella for the first time

Drawing, painting, and other forms of art have always been hard for me. Perfectionism makes me want to tear up everything that I create.

Collages, on the other hand, are simple enough for me to do and fun enough to keep my attention. I love looking through magazines to find images that represent someone or even myself.

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Passing Through the Change

Path in Florida

Life is full of changes in the path.

Change – what a frightening word and concept. Something that I regularly try to avoid and yet crave at the same time is change.

I Ching is quoted as saying, “When the way comes to an end, then change – having changed, you pass through.” These words hold much wisdom although they seem simple enough. There are many meanings that you can construe from this quote. Here is my perspective on what these words on change mean.

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Finding the Voice of Wisdom

St. Mary Magdalen

The Anglo-Catholic Church St. Mary Magdalen

Although I am eating more normally again, my eating disorder continues to scream at me. My stomach bulges, my legs swell, my back is engulfed in wrinkles – all of this plays through my head. Then that voice returns: “And you think that you deserve to eat? Be strong and say no.”

At one time, that voice would have pushed me into a dark place and near to death. Right now, it still bothers me but more by telling me how worthless I am for not listening to it. Instead of focusing on ED, however, I must keep tuning into the voice of wisdom.

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Listaliciousness: Easter Eggs, Forgotten Proverbs, and April Fool’s Day

I love the look of flowers too.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope that you are having a blessed day and enjoy the whole Easter season.

Most of the links this week are posts that I wrote on Catholic Stand or Celebrity Cafe. However, there are some other great lists that might help you think about something new or laugh. As always, I would love to see a post or site that you enjoyed in this past week.

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Wisdom from around the world

I love learning wisdom from around the world. Right now, one of my classes is Proverbs where we are learning more about this type of wisdom and helpful sayings. This post is a great example of wise words.

Success Inspirers World

There is wisdom in all parts of the world. A lot of wisdom can be learnt from the proverbs and wise sayings of people in all parts of the world. In this post we draw wisdom from all the continents of the world.

AFRICA

“If you close your eyes because of your enemies, you will not be able to see your friends” (African Proverb).

“The fall of a dry leaf is a warning to the green one” (African Proverb).

“A cockroach can only rule in the land of fowls if it employs a fox as its bodyguard.” (African proverb).

EUROPE

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

“Birds of a feather flock together.”

AMERICA

“A poor excuse is better than non at all.”

“A friend to everyone is a friend to nobody.”

“A man who marries twice is a two-time…

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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

How often do you look at a little girl and tell her that she is ugly? Do you regularly tell a toddler that he is useless? Normally, we do not tell children these types of hurtful statements that we tell ourselves.

Yet, all of us were children at some point. One of the coping skills that I learned in treatment was to hang a picture of myself as a baby or toddler near the mirror. Whenever I wanted to degrade myself, I was supposed to look at the child that I was, the child that I remained to a certain extent.

Looking back, there are many messages that I wish I could tell myself. With this knowledge, I would have escaped heartbreak, rejection, and physical pain. However, lessons that made me a stronger person might have been lost.

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Firstly, this is in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Depth.” There are many different types of depth. Words can attempt to describe this concept; however, sometimes an illustration is more helpful. Here are some of the types of depth that I long for in my life.

Depth of knowledge

The Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library

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Depth’s Diversity Displayed

One Thousand Thanks: 639 – 656. Goodbyes to My Wonderful Oxford Friends Part Two

Callie and me

Standing with Callie

Normally I only do my thankfulness posts on Thursdays. However, finishing up my thanks for everyone at Oxford made sense. You all mean so much to me. Once again, it was simply for time that I separated this into two posts. Being in the second blog does not mean you are any less dear to me or had a smaller impact on my life.

639. Tammy – Having you and your husband present was so wonderful as was meeting the rest of your family. Thank you for adding wisdom and a depth to the program with your increased knowledge and research.

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Top Ten Quotes on PTSD

Steps

Descending in and out of PTSD is a struggle. (These are also the steps outside of where I am staying to the backyard.)

All day long, I worked on my essays for the tutorials today and tomorrow. Thankfully, one is finished and the other coming along. Looking at my work makes me realize that I should consider staying in academia. Although I love writing, research is probably even more exciting for me. After all, one of my 2,000-word essays had 10,000 words of research. Cutting down my material takes up a great deal of my time.

Anyway, the point of my blog today is to give you some uplifting but painfully honest quotes about PTSD. Having mine ratchet up the past few days has made life very stressful. However, I am hanging in there like thousands of other men, women, and children who suffer from this illness do each day. These sayings are intended to help everyone better understand post-traumatic stress disorder and raise awareness about it. Also, it is dedicated to those who struggle with PTSD. There is hope for a safe, joyful future for all of you.

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10 Best C. S. Lewis Quotes

Narnia in the attic

Narnia in the attic

When the name C. S. Lewis is mentioned, so many images come to mind. Fauns dancing in a gland, a rosy-cheeked man smoking a pipe by the fire, nearly comical demons writing letters, the booming voice that inspired Treebeard – these are just to mentions a few.

Being in the city where this great thinker and writer lived, studied, and died is hard to fathom. Last Saturday, a group of us went to the Kilns and visited his home and grave. This visit was especially special considering the fact that I am taking a class on his works right now. Just tonight, I finished a paper on his view of Heaven and Hell in The Great Divorce. Despite difficulty narrowing down my topic, the finished essay seems decent. I always struggle with perfectionism regarding my work. When my tutor praised my paper today, she was shocked that I did not believe that it was great work.

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