The Week of Relief

I've got good news and bad news:
I'm not going to have to live in Toronto! Hooray!

Unfortunately, that also means I'll have to find someplace else to use my (pending) SSHRC grant. Hopefully there's still someplace in Canada with applications open.
(Then again, the SSHRC might send me a letter this week, too; in which case I'm off the hook entirely.)

BC looked a little bit better than Toronto, but they sent me a letter, too.

Mr. Gates and Cambridge don't want to pay me for reading Arthurian literature, either.

God willing, Notre Dame would be an amazing place to study.

Faith is good. Not faith in the inevitability of a particular outcome, but in the goodness of God's plan. There are a bazillion other things I could do next year; it wouldn't be a bad idea at all to take a year off and get four or five articles published anyway.
Not that I won't be ecstatic if God does want me to go to Notre Dame...


This was a bad year to give up music for lent.
(I suppose that means this was also the perfect year to give up music for lent.)


Naomi said...

Yes, God is good... and so we can have faith in the inevitability of that... no matter what the outcome:)
I have to admit that music would be harder to give up than my chocolate was... although I am a little confused on the "rules" to that one since you get "2nd hand music" waves no matter whether you want them or not...

Daniel Jackson said...

Yeah, fasting is tricky like that.
The main point is to realize that you depend on something to perform a certain function in your life that you could be depending on prayer for instead: e.g. I listen to music when I could be praying or otherwise meditating. It's not that the fast is necessarily a better way to live than not to fast; certainly it's good to eat, just as it's good to listen to Godly music. A fast should show you the difference between good things (chocolate, music, red meat, etc.) and the best things.
Right now, it's best if I think about what I'm doing in university right now, and stop thinking about how much easier it would be to listen to music 24/7 in the possible university-free future.