1. When I look at the sky I feel ______________________________________.
…infinitesimally small. And I like that feeling.
Sometimes we need to reminded that we are just a tiny speck in this world, and though we might believe ourselves to be important, and vital, and necessary etc, we really are not those things at all. Looking up at a huge sky reminds me that there is so much more going on in this world than we can ever imagine, and I like that feeling of being small.
2. If you had to run for political office, which one would you run for? Do you have any real desire to actually do this?
British politics are different to the American system, so our terms of reference might be a little different too, but I would like to be a local councillor rather than an MP or cabinet minister. My concerns are for my local community and the people I see and work alongside every day and if I were to run for any sort of political position that’s where my heart would lie.
I don’t have any real desire to do this though, my church life and my community work is too valuable to me to put aside to become mixed up in the world of politics. I’d find it too negative and combative and I would hate that.
3. What scent makes you think of home?
Might sound a little bit gross, but the smell of my husband’s work clothes. His scent after a day at work reminds me of the security and acceptable and love that lives in our home.
4. How often do you take a step back to think about where you’re headed in life? Do you need more or less self-reflection?
I used to me manic about self-reflection, and wondering where I’m headed in life etc, but over the last four or five years my outlook has changed. As I have come to faith more and have found myself immersed in community work and outreach from my church I feel I have found my place in this world (at last!) and have never felt more contented in my life. I have got a lot of things still going wrong in my life, but they don’t seem to be as important just now. I am happy to let my path be guided by God and I have complete faith and trust that wherever I’m headed it will be for the best. It might not feel like it at the time, but I’m certain that whatever happens in the long run it will all work out fine. I don’t need to step back and think about it, I am happy to just let it happen (or not, as the case may be).
5. July is National Ice Cream Month…besides a cone, what’s your favourite food item to top with ice cream?
You can’t beat a slice of hot apple pie topped with vanilla ice-cream. Unless you present me with a bowl of hot apple crumble instead then it would definitely be a toss up as to which I would go for first!
6. What might your autobiography be called?
I would go with something like “Drifting, drifting”. All my life I seem to have been drifting from one thing to the next and as I said earlier, it has only been in the last few years that I have stopped panicking about it and learned to embrace it, trusting God to get me where I ought to be.
7. Your least favourite mode of transportation? Why?
I love most modes of transport – I love journeys full stop!! I love travelling by car, by train, by bike, by boat, by ferry (sorry Joyce!), by coach…I love them all.
However, if I had to choose my least favourite it would have to be walking. Urgh. If I can bike it rather than walk it I do! Walking is too slow and for us ladies of the larger variety it is not as pleasurable as it probably is for others. Having said that, I do enjoy it once I can get over the initial “awww do I have to?!”, and I do like getting out and about in the hills and canal tow-paths locally for walks.
8. My random thought for today:
It’s that time of year again folks! It won’t be long before we hear of the first teen drowning in a reservoir or flooded quarry “because it was hot and they needed to cool off”.
Stay out of the water chaps.