Aug. 21st, 2009

catecumen: (my happiness)
In response to a friend's comment: when I post about the funny things the dogs and cats do, I'm sharing them because they're funny and I enjoy them. Even when I'm frustrated by something that is happening, I can still be amused and entertained by it, at the same time. I'm not really complaining, and I will try to stop sounding as if I am.

Just now, for example, I had to rescue my cup of coffee from an inquisitive kitten who wanted to taste it. I think that's funny, and I want to share it because I'm getting a giggle out of it, but I can understand why some readers might think I'm being negative, always whining about how tough things are and asking for advice on how to make it better which I then refuse to follow. Actually I'm enjoying the kitten and having a great time watching her.

I tend to forget that when I post what I think are funny pet pictures and accounts of what mischief they're getting into, most things that I post sound like I'm bemoaning my horrible life and asking for advice about how to fix these terrible things. Actually I'm enjoying my life and my pets very much, and getting a lot of joy out of watching them play even when they cause trouble, and I need to make it more clear from now on that I'm sharing the funny, not complaining about something bad.
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When I was a child, I had very little knowledge about my Jewish heritage, since I grew up in a non-observant family. About all that I thought I knew about being Jewish was that it meant not believing in Jesus. After many years of learning about the history of religion, and many years of my own meandering philosophical and spiritual journey through multiple religious traditions, I find it sad that so many knowledgeable adults still have that same simplistic view of what being Jewish means.

My ethnic identity will always be Jewish, regardless of what I believe. If I believe in Jesus one day and doubt him the next, do I turn being Jewish off and on like a light switch? No, I don't think so, because being Jewish is more than a set of theological beliefs. It's being part of a people, and one can't turn that off by changing one's mind.

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