— Tim Keller
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them."
— Bill Watterson (via bounceback)
I spent all of last week in New Orleans for a service Spring Break trip that I led with two of my co-workers (whaddup, ATM and Andrea). We took 77 students with us and the week was more than I could have imagined. This is going to be a rather lengthy post, so I’ll be doing some sub-headings. Get ready though, because this is going to be a fun post to read (I hope).
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"
— Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong
Half Price Books, what are you doing to me?! I spent an hour and a half there yesterday (I would’ve stayed longer, but I had to be somewhere). There I stood with six books in my hands.
I had The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Absalom! Absalom! by Faulkner, a collection of Flannery O’Connor works, and a book about Buddhism.
In the end, I only ended up buying the first three books I mentioned. I am really excited about the purchases and have already dived in to them. However, I feel sad for the books that I left behind.
Fear not, I will return to HPB.
So I just recently finished reading Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Let’s be honest, it only took a day to read; the book was 157 pages.
It was the third Wharton novel that I’ve read (the other two being Age of Innocence and House of Mirth, of course). This book was markedly different from the other two which had some similarities between them.
Overall, this novella was just sad. Sad for everyone involved. However, I would have enjoyed knowing what was going on in all of the characters’ heads. Zeena was basically only seen as a monster aside from when it mentioned her taking care of Ethan’s mother. I can’t help but wonder though how reliable the narrator is? At the end of the introduction it says, “It was that night that I found the clue to Ethan Frome, and began to put together this vision of his story.”
I don’t think the whole story should be seen as made up, but I do think it’s possible that the narrator came up with some of it on his own.
Anyways, still an interesting (and quick) read.