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}


Rambling Tart said...

I really enjoyed reading your answers and, after a deep breath for courage, wrote down my answers for you:

1 - Rights for refugees. Everyone needs a place to feel safe, the chance to work hard for themselves and their families, the opportunity to hone their gifts and share them with the world.

2 - Harry Potter. I know technically that's 7 books, but they came into my life when I was rejected, neglected, utterly adrift. They gave me hope that there was somewhere I could belong.

3 - Hyundai Elantra. I used to visit an elderly couple every week to cheer them up. I thought they were dirt poor until the day they informed me they'd bought me a car. :-)

4 - Several times. Burst ovary, car accidents, etc.

5 - Can I say neither? :-) They both terrify me. :-)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I always love the opportunity to learn more about your sweet spirit, Suzanne. Your answers give me another glimpse! That mugging must have been awful.
My answers...

1. I'm with you...animal rescue is near and dear to my heart.

2. The Bible. I'm reading it through again right now, and I am always enlighted and changed by it.

3. A 1967 Mustang...oh I loved that car. I sold it during the high gas prices of the the 70's and got a Vega...yes, a Vega...what was I thinking?

4. I nearly died 10 years ago of a sudden bowel perforation. It was a year's recovery, and life-changing, in a good way.

5.I would choose space travel...I'm with you, the ocean would be very claustophobic. I don't even want to snorkel lol.

Fun post, Suzanne...looking forward to the next five questions! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Katie Clooney said...

Racing in the Rain was one of my favorite books of all time. My husband liked it so much that he bought 50 of them and gave them out to his favorite clients. Enjoy your weekend!

Jeanie said...

I can see why you had to take some time to digest the questions and come up with such thoughtful and insightful answers. I'll give some of these answers a shot but I have a feeling as I dig into myself over time, maybe some might change:

1) A cause I would be willing to fight for is the right to choose how our end of life should be.

2) A book that changed my life was "Simple Abundance" by Sarah ban Branach. It reminded me of the gentle and real things of life -- taking time, self care, gratitude, so much more.

3) My first card was a blue Dodge Coronet -- used, of course!

4) I don't know that I came close to dying but the closest call I ever had that might have caused that was walking at night and crossing the street and a truck came out of nowhere, speeding and rounded the corner. Terrifying.

5) I'm a water girl!

Fascinating -- can't wait to read the next batch.

Frizzy said...

1) I am with you on saving animals. I have always adored any animal especially those in the ocean!

2) Several Bible Studies I've read have challenged me and made me rethink things.

3) First carwas a Grand Torino. It was huge and poop brown. We all called it "The Tird!"

4) Thankfully, I don't think I've ever had a near death experience. I'm sorry to learn about yours.

5) As I mentioned above, I'm all about the ocean and all things in it.

Low Tide High Style said...

Suzanne, I can see why it took some time to answer these questions, and why you're still pondering the rest. Thank goodness you survived that mugging...very scary and the world would be a dimmer place without you!

xo Kat

Privet and Holly said...

Thank you for those who
shared your answers or
left a comment -- it's so
awesome to hear from
you and to learn about
your experiences!!

xo S.

Leslie Lim said...

I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.


Lisa Ancona-Roach said...

I can't believe I neglected to comment here! Thank you so much for taking the time to be reflective and thoughtful about all of your answers. I learned a lot! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to Pt II... :) xo