Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li

The Light Side...

... is that my teeth feel okay. I had one of the pot roast burgers at Red Robin tonight, as the son of some friends of ours is waiting tables there. He's a great guy, and he's a good waiter, too, and it was fun to see him and watch him wait on Jet, who was quite happy to see him.

The boys are playing Legos. I do what I can do, and let the rest be.

Got an interesting quote from Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle, "The opposite of sin is faith, not virtue." That virtue is a false door, basically, because being virtuous is about self-control and controlling the self that one knows. But that self isn't all there is to anyone. She was even bold enough to say that when one believes that all there is to oneself is what one knows, that that is the root of all sin. Wow.

It'll be interesting to step beyond that door.

I guess, in some ways I did it all the time, whenever I took on a job I didn't know I could do, tried something I'd never done before, failed a few times at things I wanted to learn... and whenever I sit down to write something I've never written before. *grin* Maybe there's more to it, too, but... hm... I want to strive to keep doing that. To be free of the limits of what I know I can't do. :-)

I think that when Paul, John and I turtled that sailboat in the midst of that deep, cold lake, I learned more in that moment about doing what I had never thought I could do and being so far beyond what I'd feared, that... it was astonishing. It was easy to swim out there in my life jacket, even when I had to tighten it up. It was far easier than I had thought I'd known to stay out of the way, and know that I wasn't in any real danger. And, by extension, to let go of a big knot of fears I'd held for most of my life about live water...

So it is...

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