Monday, March 15, 2010

The Week in Words

This week's Week in Words is brought to you here by a very fuzzy-minded, very sleepy Living to Tell the Story person. I am soooo tired. This "Spring Ahead, turn your clocks ahead and lose an hour sleep" idea that our province has us do every March is really kicking my tail this time around. Saturday midnight was when we turned them ahead but wouldn't you know that is the day that we wanted to/had to go to the big city and had to be up by 5 a.m., which in reality was 4 a.m. And wouldn't you know, that Saturday night my son did not have a key to get in the house after work, which was at midnight, which with the time change conveniently became 1 a.m., and guess who had to stay up to let him in? Are ya following that? My sleepy brain cannot get any clearer. Anyway, operating on 4 hours sleep, with a drive ahead of us, I collected my free Tim Horton's coffee that I won, and off we went at the crazy hour of 6 am which don't forget my body was screaming, was really 5 am. After hitting the Home Depot to collect our tiles which they would not deliver without a fee, even though it was their error (a very long story), we hit the big new mall. We took our son to the cool store he missed out on the last time, (only to realize I forgot my camera) and after 2 hours in there, we hit the rest of the mall. After all that walking, 2.7 km just to walk the main aisle of the mall, at least another 2 hours worth in the mall itself, we hit our favorite restaurant for supper before we headed out for the long drive home. I am zonked. And that is my story for my big run-on, crazy sentences, and I'm sticking to it.

So just to make it easier on you, I'll give you somebody else words. Words that will probably actually make sense. Join us over at Breath of Life with your favorite quotes that you've found from your readings this week.
The first one I chose really hit me over the head this morning, even in my sleepy, fuzzy state. All I can is "Ouch". The author is talking about outbursts that we have and how revealing they really are about our relational and spiritual states and has quoted C.S. Lewis to make his point.

"Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding."

C.S. Lewis quoted in:
Us-A User's Guide by Daniel L. Tocchini
pg. 83

The second is out of the novel that I'm reading at the moment and just really blesses me. St. Francis seems to have a lot of quotes that really stick out to me. They are so simple and yet so profound at the same time. This one is no less:

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."

St. Francis of Assisi
quoted in Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs
page before the first chapter
Hope those words make better sense to you than my babbling this morning. They certainly do to me. :v)


Barbara H. said...

I would be totally wiped out after such a day! And losing an hour's sleep on the mix, too -- I am surprised you're functioning at all!

That first quote is very, very convicting, and the second very encouraging.

Alice Audrey said...

I've actually been looking forward to Daylight Savings Time for a few weeks now. Don't know why. Usually I hate the loss of sleep.

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I love the one by Lewis. So true. Hope you can get a good nap soon and catch up on some sleep!

Faith said...

wow....yeah, I can see why you are exhausted! LOVE the quote from St Francis of Asissi......
I do love the longer daylight hours :)

Donnetta said...

Oh, that first one almost takes one's breath away to stop and think of the full implications of that. WHEW!

And the second one is full of such promise.

Hope you get some sleep!

Tina Leigh said...

Man that was a longgg shopping day! I hate just takes too much of my time that I would rather be doing something else like...drinking coffee, LOL! Good words tho!!

I wish they would leave the time alone!

Marg said...

I love quotes...I just need to make a file folder to keep them. They express life so well.