756. Because the purpose of any descent is always in order to ascend. ~Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realize it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it.
~Sai Baba

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So it was that upward and onward I went into my junior year–singing a new song, playing a new game, dreaming of Paris, and attempting to meet the challenges of life and school. But the sacrificing and loving part were still on hold. I had taken my mom’s advice about getting a teaching certificate.  To do that I had had to choose a second teaching field, and because French had always been so easy for me I opted to take Spanish. But wait just a minute. Ya know, since I really didn’t want to be a teacher, the sacrificing really had begun in a way. Nevertheless I began taking Spanish as well as learning more French.  In one of my 3rd year French classes we were having fun trying to read LE PETIT PRINCE, and when not in class or working for the Dean, I was continuing to have a great deal of fun playing bridge. Hmmmm? Now that I think back, around the time of my 20th birthday in October, my friend Danny was taking me home after a bridge game and we were philosophizing, as college students often do, about this, that, and the other. During the conversation the subject of marriage came up. Since I still had had no serious romantic love interests, I glibly replied that I didn’t think I would ever get married. Danny responded by saying that he had heard that if you bet someone $50 that you wouldn’t get married in the coming year, it would surely happen. I laughed out loud at such nonsense and met the challenge with, “Okay, you’re on, hot shot.”

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. ~Psalm 51:17  ✝

**Images via the Internet and Pinterest; collage by Natalie

17 thoughts on “756. Because the purpose of any descent is always in order to ascend. ~Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

  1. mille merci! thank you, Ma’am for this wonderful post! ❤ this book has been on my desk or night-stand for years – the French original version, of course… 🙂 I live just 4kms(less than 2 miles!) away from the airfield where St-Exupéry took off for the last time before he crashed and vanished in the Mediterranean, off Corsica island… RIP.
    * * *
    “Un sourire est souvent essentiel. On est payé par un sourire. On est récompensé par un sourire…” – “A smile is often essential. We are paid by a smile. We are rewarded with a smile…”(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
    * * *
    have a serene weekend in Texas where I lived for 5 years… 🙂


    • Why thank you for taking the time to make such a kind comment! Oh I love the story and read it first in French in college. Then taught it in English later on. I love the line you quoted. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. It is hot and approaching very nasty here in Texas now as you may remember since you lived here. I didn’t grow up here and have just NEVER liked the searing summertime heat. Blessings, Natalie 🙂 ❤


    • Yes, it is. This one came about because of something that happened two years ago and will happen again soon. And so leading up it, I thought it might be fun to tell everyone why it’s so significant to me. Hugs, N 🙂 <33


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