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Lows & Highs: Meaning of Life

Welcome to Lows & Highs, a Stories from the Stairs weekly-ish feature! Feel free to join in by posting your lows and highs from the week in the comments or by posting a link to your own lows and highs blog post.
Low: On Monday, I woke up with a headache that lasted all day and did not respond to any of my normal natural or over-the-counter remedies.
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High: We wrapped up our summer Bible study this week. Brian and I have been studying the book of Ecclesiastes with a small group of college girls. It may seem like an odd study for college students but they said they really enjoyed it. Brian and I enjoyed the whole process of reading and discussing with them. From their wide-eyed reaction to the first two chapters to their summaries of the whole book, the process of reading and discussing has been enjoyable and enlightening.

“Life sucks but God is good.” – Lindsey’s summary of Ecclesiastes
I like Ecclesiastes because it is a philosophical book written by a wise king – Solomon – who got everything he wanted and discovered that it was not fulfilling and not the point of life. Solomon summarizes the meaning of life in the last two verses, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
What are your lows and highs this week?
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Field Notes on Dating #1-5

For the first post of my new Field Notes series, I have selected five Notes on dating, based completely on my experience and what I have observed.

1. If you search the web for romantic gestures for ladies to do for their boyfriends and eliminate all the ones better-suited for married, parenting, and/or cohabiting couples, there is a surprising lack of creative ideas out there.

2. A new dating relationship often inspires women to bake cookies, even if they are normally averse to cooking and baking.

3. The cuteness of coupledom can make friends simultaneously “aww” and gag. If the couple in question tends toward excessive PDA*, there is probably more gagging. I am told by an anonymous source that throwing soft foam darts or other projectiles is a good way to distract and dissuade an offending twosome.

4. I initially had my doubts but kite-flying is a fun date.

5. Not every real relationship is “Facebook official” and that is okay. Social media never tells the whole story anyway.

Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. – C.S. Lewis

What are your random observations about dating?

*Public Displays of Affection defined as excessive by anyone other than the couple.

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31 Days of Random Questions – Day 3

What brings out the worst in people?
Hunger, tiredness, and sore feet bring out the worst in most people. Lots of people need to have a snack, a nap, and more comfortable shoes before they go out in public.

My mom’s advice to my boyfriend about me was something like, “You have to feed her regularly. If she doesn’t feel good, feed her. If she gets crabby, feed her. If she gets too quiet, she probably needs to eat something. When in doubt, just get her a snack.” Yes, she sounds like I’m two years old but she is pretty much right about the eating thing.

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

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Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. – John Finley

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Quote – Goff on Faith

Living a life of faith doesn’t mean we lack ambition; it means that we possess direction. – Bob Goff

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Quote – Prachett on wisdom & experience

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. – Terry Pratchett

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Quote – Groucho on Mistakes

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself. – Groucho Marx

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It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. -G.K. Chesterton

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.  – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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