There’s good in being still, learning to trust more, fret less. I’m settling into the calm embedded in this slower pace. All is well until I move too far into the future, then fret turns into frantic. So, I take a deep breath, no small gift, and plop myself back into the present. Sometimes I have a talk with myself, might as well, nobody else is around. I say, “You’re a big girl. Stop whining. Trust the only One who really knows the future(plus Dr. Fauci) and make the most of today.”
For me, making the most of each day includes a lot of reading. Yesterday, my sister-in-love, Chris, linked me to Louise Penny’s newsletter, from which I learned a new word. Try saying “paraprosdokian” while watching the evening news. According to author, Penny, “Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them.”
For example from Penny’s newsletter:
1.”Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.”
2.”If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.”
3,”You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.”
4.”Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.”
5. “War does not determine who is right, only who is left.”
6.”Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
7.”Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”
Or read what they’ve written.
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