January 16, 2009

FF: Take Me, Baby, or Leave Me

Although written by a young man, this song from "Rent" became an anthem for women of a certain age ready to be taken on their own terms. Maureen and Joanne love each other, but they are *very* different.

Whether it's new friends or new loves or new employers, what are five things people should know about you?

This Friday Five is really challenging for me, because I realize how many people I'm not completely honest with about. I don't have enough confidence in myself, enough trust in other people to believe that they really will take me for what I am and still accept me.

So, what would I want to say to all of those people, family, friends, church members, who only see the "neutral" me?

1) My husband isn't a Christian, and for the most part, I'm really okay with that.

2) I consider myself a liberal. In all facets of my life. Politically, economically, socially, theologically. This has been the hardest one b/c my family is pretty conservative, and so is the majority of my church. What I need to find the balance of is how to be me without imposing my views.

3) I am a huge procrastinator.

4) I like for things to be clean and organized, but I don't always put things away... not until I need to work on something and then I get the urge to clean. or when I'm stressed. I clean then too.

5) I take things personally. I try not to, but when you comment about something around me or something that I am a part of, or something that is in my sphere of influence, I take it personally.


  1. It's so hard to be in that place of difference from those around us and those who mean the most to us, especially when they include our elders (both family and church)--at least, that's my experience!

  2. 'allo Katie! Excellent reflective F-5! I agree whole heartidly with you in that it's always a challenge to have different political or theological views than those who have, in a lot of ways, taught us what we know and shaped who we are. AND, LOVE the fact that someone else loves to work/be in a clean and organized space, but sometimes isn't the best at keeping it that way! Have an awesome weekend!

  3. Bless you for reflecting the lack of honesty so many of us have out in the world. It is tough, daily for me to maintain that kind of honesty. I miss you tons and loved catching up with you on your blog this morning. I hope we can talk more about emerging church ideas....I want so much to be a part of this, and have yet to find a place to do this in nashville.