Sunday, February 23, 2014

7 Posts in 7 days and Chesterton

Sorry guys, no What I Wore Sunday post this week.  I have fallen victim to the plague  the flu so what I am wearing is not picture worthy.   If you want an update on illness in our home...mommy and daddy are sick.  The older kids are much better...just lingering coughs/sniffles and Elsa has still managed to dodge the whole thing.  Greta had it worst, but she is doing much better today.  Ben and I are doing okay...we're not nearly as bad as the kids were, probably because we've been downing garlic like our house is surrounded by vampires.  Who needs Tamifu when you can eat garlic?

Just to warn you, I'm going to be writing 7 Posts in 7 Days...or at least attempting some such nonsense.   Monday, February 24th-Sunday March 2nd. 

Just a little something for you to look forward to on this last week of Febrary. 

And, finally, I shall leave you with your weekly Chesterton quote. 

Anyone want to take a gander at what that means in the comments, please feel free to do so.  In my feverish state, I'm unable to come up with any coherent thoughts on it.   So, go see Sarah for more Chesterton. 

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  1. This is a line from his essay "On Lying in Bed," which was, by the way, the first non-fiction I read by GKC, and which charmed me into love with him. It is in the collection *Tremendous Trifles* but I first found it in a library book, *Essays Old and New*. Now we can find it online!

    People were saying that early rising was a virtue, and Chesterton used the examples of criminals and misers to show that what time one got up in the morning was no indicator of one's character. Soon after that in the essay we read, "A man's minor actions and arrangements ought to be free, flexible, creative; the things that should be unchangeable are his principles, his ideals."

  2. I hope you feel better soon! Yes, it's about the problem of pinning virtue to very specific habits or rituals. I was up at 3 am this morning, not for miserly or burgling reasons, but because we have the plague in our house too and I was too congested to lie down.

  3. "A man's minor actions ought to be free, flexible, creative..."

    This is interesting. I am curious now as to what Chesterton might have had to say on the disciplines and rules of life adopted by religious orders.

    Certainly he is not disdaining an attempt at order and structure in ones life, but I suspect that perhaps he was a late riser himself?

    Most religious orders who keep a strict rule go to bed early and rise early. I'm sure there's a reason for that, as opposed to staying up late to work and pray, and then sleeping till noon.

    Interesting to think about. I hope you feel better soon. TB

    1. Well, going to bed early and rising early saves money, as you don't spend money on electricity for light during the night. I can definitely understand why religious orders do it. I'm a natural early to bed, early to riser myself,

      I think order and structure is good, but it just depends on your life. If I recall correctly, Chesterton was married, but didn't have children and he was a writer, so the late to bed, late to rise would work for that kind of life in a way it wouldn't work for a farmer, or someone with kids or a religious order (that lives poverty and can't spend money on electricity or oil or whatever they used back then).

  4. This comes from one of the first essays of Chesterton's I ever read! Looks like the ladies before me already gave the low-down on it.

    I hope you feel better soon. Good luck with the 7x7!


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