Janet Mary Cobb Answers Totally Terrifying Questions

I met Janet Mary Cobb when we were both participating in April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. She was ‘new’ to blogging, having given up a couple of blogs earlier in her life. As a new blogger, taking on the A-Z challenge was a deep dive not a cautious toe dip. Janet blogged twenty-six days in the month of April, each post an elaboration on her chosen theme of ‘voice’ and each a startlingly fresh and original interpretation. She is doing the same thing this month with her daily Bits of Joy posts.

As you will see below, Janet has lived a fascinating life, a life she speaks of openly and with great honesty. For this tribe story, Janet had the courage to answer all 25 of our Totally Terrifying Questions. I’m confident that you will find her responses interesting and  thought-provoking so, without further ado, here’s Janet Mary Cobb.

My Life’s Purpose

My purpose in life is to go about doing good. The mission statement on my website reads,

“act justly, love mercy, walk humbly, do good, always seek to do the next right thing, and actively attempt to help anyone I encounter to find peace, be content, and share joy.”

This has taken on several renditions over the years.

From 18-31, I lived as a Catholic religious in a convent.

Catholic religious at vows banquet
vows banquet

From ages 33-present, I’ve been a mother to my children whom I hope to raise with the same values and sense of purpose (so far, so good).

And now as a semi-empty-nester from 2016, I hope that I live these values as a strategy coach to small nonprofits both across the country and internationally, as well as through my blog and other writing.

Starts, Stops and Sidetracks

I started life over at age 31 when I was dispensed of my vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as a Catholic sister.

In 2000, I moved across the country with my husband and family to start again in a new job and new home. We did that again in 2007.

Then in 2015, I started my career over completely when I moved out of the academic world and into nonprofit coaching.

I’d say the only constant in my life is inconsistency!

Janet Mary Cobb and husband
happy day!

Fears

  • I am often waiting for the other shoe to drop, and am a bit of a hypochondriac. It would be awful to die before I am successful at anything important or meaningful in life.
  • As a child, I was very afraid that my mother would leave me and never come back. Then, when I was about seven, my father did.
  • I am avoiding completing my various writing projects (business related, fiction, and nonfiction) because once they are completed, I will be faced with the reality of whether or not they are considered successful. By not committing to a project enough, I avoid the chance that I might fail. If I knew I could not fail, I would make sure to market my services and my books more.
  • In my convent training days, I dreamt often that the devil was hiding under my bed waiting to pull me down into the depths of hell. A therapist could have had quite a time with that one! Fortunately, I haven’t had a dream like that in more than thirty years.

Desires

  • I’ve often thought it would be cool to visit various places like the Philippines, Australia or Ireland. Those place names change depending on who I’m spending time with or what I am into, so while it’s a desire, it’s not a super strong one.
  • Lake Tahoe was nearby when I was growing up, but I never actually saw it. I’d like to do that sometime.
  • If I were going to die tomorrow, I’d call all of my children and siblings to say goodbye, and I’d eat chocolate cake and have a great big sweet chunky caramel ice cream treat. Next, I’d create an email to inform my clients that I would not be attending any further sessions. I’d make sure my husband had everything he needed to take care of what is usually my responsibility, and then I’d hang out with him until I passed.

    our children, 2016
  • If I could choose just one thing to change about the world, I’d get rid of hatred. Hatred is what leads to violence and war. While illness and death seem a natural part of life, hatred is simply unnecessary, unmitigated evil.
  • For me, a full life would look like living debt free with my family so that all my earnings could be spent on enjoyment in the here and now. In 2007, before the recession, we were debt free except for a mortgage. That’s not the case now.
  • The one thing I haven’t done that I really want to do is to finish writing all my works in progress, publish them, and be a full-time author. Three things are holding me back–I have too many ideas, I procrastinate, and I struggle with marketing.
  • The other thing I’ve always wanted is to be a waitress!

7 Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

  1. I surrendered my desire for a totally natural home birth with my first child to go to a hospital –at hour 75 of labour. I underwent an emergency C-section at hour 86. My all or nothing tendencies were totally challenged when I realized that the integration of holistic and traditional Western medicine saved my life and the life of my baby.
  2. If I could live anywhere in the world, I’d like to live in Chicago where I am now, but near the lake.
  3. For about seven years now, I’ve been bursting into tears over odd things. This led to the implosion of my career, which was fine because I’m happy in my new choice. However, it does cause many uncomfortable and awkward moments for others.
  4. The last time I laughed so much it hurt was at my mother’s funeral a few months ago. I loved listening to the stories from her life.
  5. The Chinese culture speaks to me. I lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, speak the languages, and love the Taoist philosophy.
  6. I’m most myself when I’m in the kitchen, cooking.
  7. I have no regrets and I don’t really believe in mistakes when it comes to life choices. They are simply lessons we learn.

Janet and I invite your thoughts, reflections and questions. 

 

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87 comments

    1. I’m similar to you on this one, Anabel. While I’d always thought my life had taken interesting turns, reading about Janet’s journey has made me realize that mine has been predictable with minimal course corrections. I can’t begin to imagine living a life as interesting, or as challenging, as Janet’s.

          1. I was just thinking about the idea of ‘envy’ yesterday — and realized that often what we characterize as ‘envy’ of another is likely ‘admiration’ and ‘appreciation’. Envy can be such a negative word — and I imagine true envy can wreak havoc.

            1. I’m thinking a rather gentle “oh, maybe it would have been nice to do that” type of envy rather than full on green-eyed god stuff!

  1. I have this saying stuck to my computer The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret. If you want to be a published author I’m sure you’ll get there because you sound like someone who lives life in line with that quote.

    1. Hi AJ,
      This is a perfect quote to recall for Janet’s post. I think I remember you mentioning the quote when we talked about objects and such that keep us on track in our lives. I hope your writing is coming along in a satisfying way for you.

  2. I’m making your blog a priority this morning, Karen, and I’m so glad I did! How brave of Janet to answer all the hard questions. And like an Olympic Gold Medal winner – she made it look easy. Now I’m going to hop over to partake in a ‘bit of joy.’ – Molly

    1. Very kind of you to make a point of reading my blog today, Molly, especially when every bit of online reading you choose to do means that there’s more you can’t do because of that !& concussion. I hope this week is a little easier than last and that next week will be better still.

  3. Hi Janet – so nice to be introduced to you through this post. You get top marks from me for a full life. You’ve journeyed into parts of life most of us can’t even imagine. Wow – you even speak Chinese!! Mandarin? Cantonese? Both?

    You have a beautiful family and a refreshing sense of self. With regards to your first fear “It would be awful to die before I am successful at anything important or meaningful in life” … from my perspective on this short read, I think you HAVE accomplished a lot that is both important and meaningful. There is no doubt you’ve touched lives and left an imprint.

    However, it’s your very last comment that left the biggest impression with me … “I don’t really believe in mistakes when it comes to life choices. They are simply lessons we learn”. What a wonderful attitude to have about the inevitable mistakes we all make in life. I hope I can be inspired by this to reframe my own list of regrets and embarrassments.

    1. Joanne – thank you for your encouraging words. I do speak both Cantonese and Mandarin – less fluently now than 20 years ago, but I can still tap into it when needed. I do hope that you can reframe your list — because unless we are a fully self-actualized individual with no residual ‘baggage’ and in that perfection intentionally caused harm to another and refuse to acknowledge our wrong, is there room for regret? As you say – ‘inevitable mistakes we all make in life’.
      Thanks for joining the conversation…

    2. Hi Joanne,
      I have another friend who speaks multiple languages, in her case – French, Spanish, Italian, and Greek. I’ve often marvelled at how much it must open up the world because, when fluent, another language isn’t just another language but another worldview, another cultural perspective.
      Also agree with you that it sure looks like Janet has already been successful at things both important and meaningful.
      Janet’s comment about your last paragraph is a good one. Taking it in, taking it in….

      1. That’s a good point. Language is more than just a basis of communication. Within it are cultural idiosyncrasies. I remember when Gilles was first learning English and his frustration with the ‘sterility’ of the language compared to French.

  4. Karen I love how each of your guests tackle the questions differently. Janet’s was another great way of doing them – grouping them into categories made a lot of sense. It was also the first time I’d seen photos of Janet and her family (other than her profile pic and a few little snippets on her blog). I learned so much more about her – and her final day on earth plan makes me feel like I’m less crazy having a plan for my funeral!

    1. Leanne — the groupings was totally the genius of Karen! I simply answered each question as openly and honestly as possible. And you are totally not crazy having a plan for your funeral. My family all knows I want to be ‘buried’ in the tree bulb and planted somewhere (haven’t figured that out yet) – this is a thing in America now.

    2. Hi Leanne,
      When you do your tribe story (open invite remember!) we’ll find yet another way to share your words 🙂
      And a plan for your funeral is a great idea, not just for you, but for the people who will be mourning you and who will want to celebrate you in a way that you would like. It’s always nice to not have to guess what that would be.

  5. Hi Janet,

    Glad to get to know you a bit better! I’ve been really enjoying your Bits-of-Joy series. You’ve led an amazing life so far. I love how you are not afraid to change course when necessary. As to wanting to be a waitress – eeek! I was a waitress once. I lasted 8 days on the job before my mother begged me to quit. Hats off to those that can do this and do it well! I’m not one of them.
    Keep on learning those life lessons!!!

    Deb

    1. Deb – I think the attraction of being a waitress is an idealized idea of being a continuous encounter with strangers – quick and non-committal. But the older I get the less I think I’d manage it well! I’m happy you are enjoying the bits-of-joy series. Thanks for joining the conversation…

    2. Hi Deb,
      I’ve actually always shared Janet’s desire to be a waitress, although in my case, it has been based more on a desire to be supremely efficient so my waitressing career would, necessarily, rely on a great cook. I actually would have thought you’d have been a great waitress – warm, personable, humorous, caring.

      1. Awww, thanks Karen! My waitressing experience was a nightmare. The last straw was when the cook expected me to serve a western sandwich that had fallen onto the dirty kitchen floor. I refused, so she put it back on the plate and took it out to the customer herself. I quit at the end of that shift. My mother was so relieved. She said my entire demeanour had changed (for the worse) when I started that job.

  6. Janet – Wow, you’ve articulated a fear of mine so well “because once they are completed, I will be faced with the reality of whether or not they are considered successful”. Yup, if my book isn’t done/published, the only person who knows it’s crap is me. That’s my Imposter Syndrome alive and kicking.

    You’ve had an amazing life so far. I also believe in not regretting life’s choices. Maybe because I’m in a really good place now? Or even the not-so-great-choices brought with them some good things…that is true! Or maybe it’s my (chosen) positive mindset that’s helping that perception? Ah well…another great quote “simply life lessons”.

    And to jump into 2 daily blog posting events in just a few months…mind-boggling.

    Thanks to Karen for opening her space to another tribe member so we can get to know her better.

    1. Pat – I think it is much easier to not regret when we are in a good place than in the midst of pain or hardship, certainly. But I think we can dig ourselves out of those moments if we don’t beat ourselves up. As I mentioned in yesterday’s bit-of-joy blog, agitation doesn’t bring joy, right?

      Thanks for joining the conversation — and to Karen for sharing space.

    2. Hi Pat,
      I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole book publishing thing lately. One of the things I’ve been thinking is that authors who publish independently actually have a harder time with the imposter syndrome than authors who publish the traditional route. When publishing traditionally, there are so many checks and balances – research at the beginning to be sure there’s a market and to articulate exactly who you’re trying to reach; reviewers who are members of that intended market at various points throughout the writing; a developmental editor and a copy editor; an art team to make sure that your design supports your words. Even after all of that, and six times over, I still felt a bit like an imposter. I can’t imagine how tough it would be if publishing independently.
      I’m not sure what you’re intending to do, but if you’re going the independent route, it’s worthwhile to fill in as many of those people from traditional publishing as you can. I’d be happy to help with the first two pieces. Ditto for you, Janet. Let’s get past this imposter syndrome stuff, ladies!

      1. Karen — As you know, I already published two books. The first I’d put together with my daughter as a project and decided to publish it through Amazon’s CreateSpace to test the process for when I really wanted to publish. And my memoir, I finally published after a wide variety of drafts over a 15-year period. When I friend with whom I had a falling out said I never really finish anything, her words kept repeating in my thoughts — and I felt I needed to get the memoir ‘done’ and move on. So, I never went through a proper editing, beta-reader, etc. I actually never read the full final draft. For this reason, I’m pretty certain it has many flaws. But it is out there — and every few days I resist the temptation to pull it down and start over because it isn’t ‘perfect’. I figure, rather than fighting the Imposter Syndrome, I embrace it by not demanding perfection of myself. I’d certainly be interested in your honest feedback if you have a chance to read it. 🙂 I will be far more disciplined and process-oriented for my next book.

  7. Hi Janet! How great to get to know you better. And I’m loving how Karen has managed to attract so many of us with similar interests and perspectives. I enjoyed seeing your photos….and your wedding picture is very cool? What inspired your outfits? Was that when you were living in Taiwan or Hong Kong? Okay, you’ve obviously inspired even more questions in me. And yes to Taoism. So much richness there. And as far as not finishing your books and your lack of marketing abilities, if my approach is any help then do it anyway. As far as finishing a book goes, I’ve learned from someone (I think it was Julia Cameron) that “a painting is only ever done when the artist just decides it is…” Just like a book, you can keep at it forever but there will come a time when you realize it is time to let the baby bird out of the nest. And as far as marketing goes, just do what comes natural and instinctive and then get on with the next book. Okay, so I’m no big success at either but I do feel deep satisfaction from what I’ve done and that is enough for me. I look forward to following along on your blog and discovering even more about you. ~Kathy

    1. Kathy – thanks so much for the encouragement to finish the books. I certainly did that with the two I’ve finished (a nonfiction children’s book on raising butterflies and a memoir) – but I have so many more in the works. I’m fortunate to be in a place to arrange my life now to have more time and energy to put towards writing so hopefully progress will come soon….
      The wedding dress story: I’d returned from Asia about three years prior but I wanted a simple, inexpensive white dress so I immediately thought of the Chueng Sam. I was in NY Chinatown and decided to look around. When the clerk asked me to try the red one on for size while she looked for the white ones in the backroom, I did. As I stepped out of the dressing room – literally everyone in the shop turned around and began commenting on how good it looked on me – my coloring and such. So – red it was. My husband had wanted to honor his ancestry and so chose to wear this Dashiki because of the regal gold that also ran through my red dress. I think it worked. Thanks for asking.
      Do you have links to any books you’ve published? I’d like to buy them.

      1. Hi Janet! What a great story about your wedding dress. And I LIKE the idea of a red one…probably because I too chose a red (maroon colored) dress for my own. 🙂 I think your husband looks very regal looking in his outfit. Thom decided on a “suit” his first actually…but it was made of blue jean material so it was unique in that. Oh, and we got married outdoors up in the mountains. Where was your wedding…oh so many quesitons. I’m sure there is a good blog post in there for sure 🙂 Oh, and you can see the links to my books on my blog. I’m honored if you want to buy one but I can usually be talked into a trade for a review too 🙂 ~Kathy

        1. An outdoor wedding sounds lovely to me — but I doubt my mid-Western city born and raised husband (Willie) would appreciate it. We were married at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chicago because we asked the priest who raised my husband (that is a book in itself) to marry us. Perhaps that would be a good blogpost! As for the books — I’ve just realized I need to publish a blog on how that came to be as it is (so I won’t go into detail here) – but I’d be happy to ‘trade’. How do we do that – mail or electronically?

          1. Hi Janet…yes to a blog post explaining how you met and married. That’s something I would probably ask you in person so would love to hear the “story” of it in print. And why don’t you email and we can figure out a book exchange??? kathy (@) smartliving365.com

    2. Hi Kathy,
      Thanks for supporting and encouraging Janet’s writing in your usual generous and open way. Your “Just Do It” approach has worked so well for you, and I love your criteria for success – “deep satisfaction” with what you’ve done.

  8. What a fascinating path you’ve taken with your life Janet, and I love your mission statement. While I’m certain the rest of us see the courage and success of your life, I do hope you get to experience it through your writing. Your position of having no regrets and understanding there are no inherently wrong choices is a powerful stance. I believe all of life is always offering us clues and information from which we can gain clarity and further refine our preferences. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your world, and to Karen for holding this beautiful community space.

    1. Deborah – thank you for your encouraging words. I do recognize the courage in my life — alas, success is much harder to define….I totally agree that life offers clues for clarity and refining our preferences. I love the way you phrase that! I hesitate to talk about ‘my purpose’ because I feel I’ve had several already — but my preference, that fits. Preferences can change overtime as we discover and learn. Thank you for your thought-provoking words.

    2. Beautifully said, Deborah. I love the image that is coming to me from your phrase “clues and information from which we can gain clarity.” I see a beautiful boat, making tiny course corrections in order to stay true.

  9. Wow, Janet, kudos to you for answering all 25 Totally Terrifying Meaning of Life Questions. I admire your honesty and detail in your answers, thank you for that. After reading your tribe story I get the feeling that we could sit having tea/coffee (or your drink of choice) and I could listen to you talk for hours about where life has taken you and all the memories you cared to share. I find it fascinating all the different directions you have taken to get to where you are now. It has been awesome getting to know you better. 🙂

    Thank you, Karen, for helping get Janet’s tribe story published in a form that was extremely enjoyable and easy to read. I am absolutely loving that the tribe stories are starting to build up in number and variety just like the tribe members themselves. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment about the number and variety of tribe stories, Susan. I love that you’ve compared that to the variety of tribe members in our midst. This really is a great community.

      1. Sorry for the late reply but a massive migraine kept me from the computer much of yesterday and the day before.

        Indeed it is Karen! LOL, build the website and they will come (ala Field of Dreams 😉 ). Just teasing but this really is a great community that continues to grow and thrive just like we do. 🙂

          1. Lucky you! My head is feeling better, thanks, Karen. I have had migraines for years now. It is barometric pressure fluctuations that trigger mine. This hot humid sunny weather turning to rainy and humid and then back to sunny does it. This migraine made me physically sick, twice…you’re right – they are not fun. Thankfully it is over now though and if it happens again it will be too soon.

    2. Susan, thanks for joining the conversation. I appreciate your thoughts about chatting over tea (my drink of choice) – I’m also loving getting to know the tribe Karen and other bloggers are gathering. I’d love to learn more about you too — can you share your blog link?

      1. Hi Janet, as I just told Karen, I would have gotten back to you much soon but a migraine kept me from the computer for a couple of days. Thankfully it is gone now.

        I do have a blog called Things From Susan’s Perspective. I am not active on that blog anymore (life got extremely busy and I have other commitments now that I sink my time into.) If you would like to take a look at some of my posts up there I think you will get a sense of who I am. The last few posts explain what had me drifting away from blogging and where I am at now. The link to my blog is here:
        https://susanmillard.wordpress.com/

        I will likely see you around the comments section on here. I like to check in and see what the tribe is talking about every week and try to comment at least once to put my two cents in. Haha! 🙂

  10. Hi Karen! Thanks for featuring Janet – it was great to get to know her a little better. What a wonderful tribe of women I’m being introduced to on the internet recently. I was intrigued but heartened to hear that your best laughs were had at your Mum’s funeral when people were recounting her life. There can be joy in sadness it seems.

    1. Absolutely Jo — joy can certainly be found in the midst of sadness. Of course, my mother’s death was not sudden and most of the stories revolved around grandchildren sharing the first time Grandma matter-of-factly shared how death was a part of life, that they would die someday, and that she was more than ready to die. 🙂

    2. Hi Jo,
      I love how our tribe continues to grow. I regularly check for blogs by midlife women, yet you’ve still managed to surprise me with bloggers I hadn’t known about before reading your posts. Thank you for that, and for stopping by to read Janet’s tribe story.

  11. Hi Karen and Janet! What a wonderful post – such fascinating answers. I enjoyed reading every bit of it! Your children are beautiful, Janet, and they look every bit as smart as you sound. You made some interesting choices in life and I’m full of questions about the convent, how you felt over there (being scared of the devil hiding under your bed makes me think you weren’t all that happy) and how you met your husband.

    If only we could get rid of hatred, the world would be a much better place. And this counts on macro level as well as mega level. 🙂 My reasoning for why people are so angry, is because they are too spoiled in this Western world of ours, that they get upset when the smallest things don’t go their way, whether it be in traffic, as a customer or in other parts of life. Especially online and in the social media, it is easy to let it all out, being anonymous. It’s awful.

    My most favorite part of this “interview” was the “7 Things Most People Don’t Know About Me”, especially the last remark. It’s so nice to meet you!!

    1. Liesbet – thank you for stopping in and for your thoughtful comments, particularly about hatred. I agree about how easy it is for folks to get angry — and admit I am often guilty. I’m actually toying with a blog post on how difficult it has been for me to handle an emotional shift since hitting midlife…(stay tuned). As for your questions about the convent – I don’t want to sound salesy, but I have published a memoir called Surviving Sanctity. I have a hard copy that I could send you if you provide me with an address. Otherwise, it is available on Amazon as an ebook too.
      Thanks for joining the conversation…

      1. I could see how the answers to my questions would be pretty extensive! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation about your memoir. “Surviving Sanctity” sounds like a very interesting read. I’ll check it out on Amazon.

  12. Hi Karen and Janet! I so very much enjoyed reading the well thought out answers to the scary questions! You have lived – and are living – a very interesting life, Janet. Thank you for sharing deeply of yourself and including photos of your past and your beautiful family. I hope you get to travel to all the places you want to go, you finish and publish your writings, you are once again debt-free, you get a gig as a waitress (although I did a lot of waitressing while in school and it’s not as fun as you might think🙂), and, most of all, your wish for the banishment of hatred comes true. Thank you, Karen, for sharing another tribe member’s answers. I still have those questions saved on my computer and will answer them when I’m feeling brave.

    1. And we will look forward to your answers, Janis…whenever you are ready. You are a brave woman so I imagine I’ll see them sooner than you think. 🙂 Oh, and welcome home. I’m looking forward to hearing about your trip.

    2. Janis – thank you for your encouraging and hope-filled words. I doubt I’ll ever pursue the waitress route – given my preference to never again have a boss! I look forward to reading your answers when you are ready to share!

  13. Hi Janet and Karen! I’ve enjoyed connecting with you both since AtoZ and today, it was a pleasure to learn more about Janet. Keep Australia on your desires list and then perhaps we could meet! Janet, your life has been an interesting story and I always enjoy reading your posts. Currently, I look forward to your daily bits-of joy. Thanks, Karen sharing another inspirational woman with us. I wish you both a beautiful day. xx

    1. Hi Sue,
      After finishing the A-Z, I was pretty sure I could happily check daily blogging for a month off my blogging bucket list, never to be revisited. However, meeting you and meeting Janet through that experience is having me rethink my plans. I shudder to think that I would have missed meeting two inspirational women.

  14. Janet, what a full and rich life you’ve led so far! Thank you for sharing with us a peek into your life and thoughts. I love that you’ve lived overseas, and also experienced both living in a convent and having a family. Wishing you all the best.

    1. Hi Kristin,
      Thanks so much for visiting and for sharing your response to Janet’s post. I so agree with you about Janet’s rich and full life. She has had so many transformative experiences that are far beyond what many/most of us have in a lifetime.

  15. Thanks, Janet, for sharing your interesting life’s journey and photos. I enjoyed reading your Bits of Joy and wishing you a wonderful road trip. Thanks, Karen, for sharing Janet’s post with us.

  16. You have led a very interesting life. I also have lots of projects in my head but am slow to start on any of them. I think it is fear of failure but who knows.

    1. Jennifer – isn’t it amazing how a set of simple questions can help us know so much more about a person! I’m so grateful Karen shared the questions because I also think I learned a bit more about myself! Thanks so much for joining the conversation!

  17. I am absolutely thrilled to have found this #MLSTL community – for through this connection I have discovered new friends like Janet and yourself. SO much of her journey I relate to. Thank you for the interview – and Janet, thank you for sharing so transparently.

    1. Molly – I totally agree with you on finding the #MLSTL community and friends like you and Karen! I hope my sharing brought you reassurance on your own journey! Thanks for joining the conversation.

  18. Janet, I really enjoyed reading your personal profile. A few points especially stood out. Your comment: “It would be awful to die before I am successful at anything important or meaningful in life” could have been written by me a few years ago. However, now that I have retired, I look back and think — why did that matter so much to me?

    We have another area of similarity. It is the desire to finish writing and publish our WIPs, paired with fear-based avoidance. Fear of what exactly, I am not sure. Fear of success? Fear that it won’t be good enough to be published?

    I am curious about the bursting into tears at random moments. My guess is that figuring that out will hold the key to some important insights.

    Jude

    1. Jude – thank you for joining the conversation – and for sharing your insights. I am not certain that my ‘important and meaningful’ is connected so much to my profession as to my basic ‘does my life matter’ idea. And as for my WIPs, if only I knew! Same can be said for the bursting into tears — ‘figuring that out’ would be wonderful.
      We have one more area of similarity — our names. My name in the convent was Sister Mary Jude! (Patron of hopeless and impossible cases).
      Enjoy your day!

  19. Janet’s on her way home from a road trip right now, but I know she’ll really appreciate your comment and will get back to you soon. Thanks for writing, Jude.

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