Friday, January 29, 2016

me-Harmony - Part One

Last summer a fellow blogger 
posed some very intriguing
questions for me to answer.
Lisa is a witty and thoughtful
writer and I was honored to
be selected to participate.

Instead of the usual getting-
to-know-you questions, many of
these required me to either
comb my memory banks or do
some serious reflection.

Several times I sat down to
type out my answers, and just
as many times, I pushed back.

Who am I? 

I heard an ad recently for
eHarmony, an online dating
service that, according to
Wikipedia, has prospective
members complete a survey
about their characteristics,
beliefs, values, emotional
health and skills, to help
match people's core traits
and values.

Aha, I thought. That's exactly
what Lisa's questions are going
to reveal. But would the
answers bring me harmony, or

It was time to find out.

She'd asked ten questions, but
I'm going to start with the
first five in this post.

{Honestly, the last five will
be harder to tackle. Later.}

1. Aside from your family and
faith, what's a cause you'd be
willing to fight for?

Animal rescue. So many of the
amazing creatures that we share
this planet with are neglected 
and treated cruelly -- both
domesticated and wild animals.  
They are totally vulnerable to 
the whims of mankind.

2. Name a book that has
changed your life.  How?

I just re-read The Art of
Racing in the Rain, by Garth
Stein, so that one comes to
mind first. It reinforced my
aspiration to live more in
the moment and to face with
dignity the inevitable losses
we all, as human beings, will
experience, believing to my
bones that it is not the end,
simply the beginning of a new

3. What's the first car you
ever owned?

A funky, ancient VW Dasher.
It was royal blue with a black 
hood, because the previous owner
replaced it after an accident.
The floorboards were nearly worn
through, like Fred Flintstone's. 
I called it Bruiser! 

4. What's the closest you've
ever come to dying?

At 26 I was mugged by two men
in a Chicago alley. A similar
robbery took place only a short
mile away that same day, but
didn't end with just a stolen
purse. Awful stuff. We put
our condo on the market the next
week and moved to the suburbs.
Our urban adventure was over.

5.  Would you rather travel
to the depths of the ocean or
to outer space?

Although deep ocean life 
fascinates me, I like the 
thought of exploring our
glorious galaxies. Plus,
I'm too claustrophobic for  
fathomless water : )

Despite my procrastination,
I did find me-harmony as I
reflected on Lisa's questions
and finally, logged them here.

But as I mentioned, I've not
yet distilled the last five.

Stay tuned.

Answer all the questions.
Question all the answers.

~ Laurie Gray


PS: How would you answer
these first five questions?
I'd love to know  
{all photos my own}