As we wind down this month's lifeskill, let's see what this fourth week has for us with the next set of questions for week forty-three of 2018, challenging us with this month’s Recreation/Entertainment lifeskill. These questions are offered by Bob Tiede at At Leading With Questions, from wisdom leaders around the nation and world.*
Question 1: What is your favorite sound?
Like the question that will shortly follow, I love all kinds of early music of the 1940s, 1950s, plus soft instrumental jazz. Yet, as my husband, John, would testify, I do like silence. I guess that is true since I am either working on some writing, weaving, or website creating. All three require a significant amount of quietude to energize and focus my creative and inspirational side.
And yes, I consider “silence” a sound. Why? Because I can also then hear some of life’s more subtle sounds with the rustling of leaves, soft echoing bird sounds in the distance, and the easy-going breeze itself.
Question 2: What celebrities do you admire? Why?
This goes with the “who is your hero” question from the previous article. Again, I would say someone like Tim Tebow. People like Tebow know how to balance their lives and priorities. There always seems to be a genuine humility about them that shines through not just by their words but also by their actions toward others.
Question 3: What music do you listen to, to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down?
I like to listen to those old 1940 songs my parents listened to, with bands like Glen Miller, Swinging on a Star by Bing Crosby, and Mills Brothers Be My Life's Companion. Then jump to the 1950s with Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill, Neil Sedaka and Pat Boone songs. I find myself feeling just a little younger at heart, if not age. I also listen to uplifting Christian praise music, particularly when I feel really down. I particularly like Guy Penrod, Ivan Parker, and Ernie Haase + Signature Sound. Life just seems to get better when hope and faith rise up.
Question 4: What is your biggest phobia?
I am not certain I have any phobias. But if I dig a little deeper, I may find I definitely do not have any interest in sky diving or bungy jumping! And I don’t particularly like to be in tight, closed in spaces. With my history of so many serious health challenges over my lifetime, I could probably see myself as a hypochondriac if it were not for my faith, and the miracles experienced and seen in other people’s lives. For that, I am forever grateful for the faith and promises God has given me to rely on daily.
Question 5: How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly?
I have a few close friends, Carolyn and Judy, I try to stay in touch on a more regular basis. Yet, I often find myself so busy with other things, I neglect to just stop and call. As the years go by, I am determined to call them more regularly.
Question 6: What do you love to do?
As my readers already know so well, I love to write and weave. When inspired, I juggle between the two “W’s” along with the third “W”, website creating when offered the chance.
Question 7: What bad habits do you want to break?
I just don’t play enough. But maybe that is because I feel like writing, weaving, and website creating are all play to me. One thing I need to always balance the fun with is movement. The three “Ws” are all sitting. I do exercise routinely. Yet, I need to get outdoors more and go for walks; and help more often with gardening in our yard.