Jane Austen-esque

Three Reasons Why Today’s World Can Never Be Jane Austen-esque

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I have no idea what brought this to mind, but I thought I would share.

1.      In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy goes on all kinds of mysterious errands. He comes and goes to who knows where. Facebook has kind of done away with all the mystery. “Mr. Darcy is @ Applebees with Mr. and Miss Bingley.”

2.      This one really only pertains to those of us living in small spaces. But think of the concept of “taking a turn about the room”.  It really only works if you live in a very large house. Which I do not. I’m picturing Miss Bennett and Miss Bingley in my apartment taking a turn..actually about 12 steps would probably do it.

3.      The men hate dancing. Hate might be a strong word, but many men today do not like dancing. At least back then they pretended to.

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how much Eyre is too much Eyre?

Right now, I say you can’t have too much Eyre. Or too much air. Ha. I wish you were all familiar with the literary classic, world renowned (I might be stretching now), wonderful, romantic, suspenseful novel called Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte. Charlotte also had a sister who wrote books. What do we learn from the writing of both sisters? [Apparently my memory does not serve me as well as I had hoped. I was thinking of Anne Bronte who wrote The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and skipped over the other sisters. Charlotte had four sisters actually. They both all had too much time to think melancholy thoughts and nothing fun or lighthearted must have ever happened in their lives.

Except for Jane Eyre. It’s a bit of a sober book, but it’s a well rounded novel and just so happens to be my very favorite book in the whole world. My lifetime goal would be to own a beautiful hardback copy of this book. I’m afraid my current copy is a testament to the many times I’ve read it–over 100 times (and I am so not kidding). For years I boycotted any Jane Eyre movie I heard about, for fear it would sully my imagination’s representation of this story. This year I finally buckled. There are many movie versions of this story, but so far I have only seen one version, the 1983 version with Timothy Dalton. I really enjoyed it (far more than I thought I would) and Timothy Dalton truly captured the way I pictured Mr. Rochester. I didn’t really like the actress they chose to play Jane.

All this to say: I am part way through another movie version of Jane Eyre. A review to follow….

warm things

I’m trying to think warm thoughts, as this weather is only making my toes into little icicles. Not warm thoughts like fuzzy cliches, but warm thoughts like happy thoughts, things that make me forget about being cold. Today I watched “Eat Pray Love.” It was a very enjoyable movie with some quotable lines and a lot of truth mixed in with a bunch of different worldviews.

Liz (main character): “I’m sick of people telling me that I need a man.”
Her friend replies: “You don’t need a man, Liz. You need a champion.”

To me, the significant thing about this interchange is that Liz had not had any single time before this. She was always with some guy or another. But she didn’t need just another guy. She needed a champion. I think that’s awesome encouragement for girls who are still waiting to find their other half. Wait for a champion.

Liz receives this piece of advice (among many) during the movie: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”

This advice is not coming from the perspective of a Christ-follower, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Personally, I have a tendency to be so focused on my actions I forget to guard my thoughts. A very wise older woman told this to me, “Thoughts are exceedingly important to God.” She quoted to me 2 Corinthians 10:5b, “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ” I have to retrain my brain.

Lastly, some more advice given to Liz: “God is not interested in watching a performance of how a spiritual person looks and behaves.”

So true! This was the downfall of the Israelites–they worshiped God outwardly but inwardly they had turned from Him. How often do we as Christians seek to look “spiritual”? How often is it a performance? For me this was a reminder to live my life for an audience of One.
These serious thoughts aside, I enjoyed “Eat Pray Love” immensely, especially the beginning because of all the fantastic Italian food Liz gets to eat. 😛

you’ve got a friend…

in the diamond business!

Sorry, it’s not me.

But look me up in a few years. 🙂

Seriously though, who is that guy in the Shane Co. ad? He sounds like a boring college professor at best and tells me that he’s my friend!

So….there’s my random thought of the day.

On another note, Carson and I watched “How to Train Your Dragon” last night. Super cute! We really enjoyed it and will now pet dragons rather than “kill on sight.” Save the dragons!

On Frodo and life

I hate to write two posts commenting on movies in such close proximity, but I can’t help it. I’m making my way through the Lord of the Rings movie series, and picking up on some interesting quotes and themes. Hopefully you are familiar with this story, a fantasy series written by J.R.R. Tolkein, who was a contemporary of C.S. Lewis. In the movie, Frodo has been charged to carry the ring of power to Mount Doom to destroy it forever. He is saddened by the darkness that has come over his world and that he has to bear such a heavy burden.

Frodo Baggins

In short, he laments that his life is so full of pain, darkness, fear, and evil, saying, “I wish the ring had never come to me.”

Gandalf (a wise man of sorts in this story) replies, “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

None of us, even in the most difficult hour, have ever faced the end of the world. When we face sadness, difficulty, or pain, we may say to ourselves, “I wish this hadn’t happened to me. I wish I didn’t have all this trouble.”

For myself, I often think, “I wish I didn’t have these migraines.”

But that is not for me to decide.

I wish I didn’t have so many student loans.  But that is not for me to decide. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

However humble our circumstances, we can choose how we will live in the days given to us.

Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”