30-Day Challenge Day Seventeen: Words To Live By

30 Day Writing Challenge

Day Seventeen: A Quote You Try To Live By

Decades have passed since the days I occupied the pews of my home church, my legs clad in pantyhose and primly crossed at the ankles. But various Bible verses from those days are still inscribed into my head, much like the rural folk wisdom shared by my Mississippi-born Grandma. Out of all the books of the Biblical canon though it is the words found in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes which echo through my mind often. The quote that I try to live by is given in the former:

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again; but the wicked shall fall into mischief-Proverbs 24:16 KJV

I’ve fallen several times in life and in myriad ways. But in spite of my stumbling, the desire to consistently ascend remains. Aware that it isn’t too late as long as I’m breathing, I march on.

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A native Seattleite and recent East Coast transplant, I have been interested in politics, religion, and race from the day I saw “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on the bookshelf belonging to my BFF’s mom back in 1991. While my zealotry has thankfully diminished with maturity, I remain the deep thinking, passionate, and humble woman I have always been. I reside in the suburbs of NYC with my husband, daughter, and our two feisty but deeply loved cats.

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