Saturday, January 14, 2012

I am not a pastor....

So, I have had a few questions about the name of my blog. It would seem that people think I am claiming to be a pastor and don't understand why I keep talking about agricultural stuff on a religious blog. 

So, first off, I am not a pastor. I have never been a pastor. I would not dream of pretending to be a pastor. This is not a religious blog. 

I am a spiritual person and I do have beliefs but I would not presume to spout them off to complete strangers. Religion is just not a subject to peruse if you want the conversation to stay civil, which I do. 

So why pastoral? Well, I took the liberty of looking up the definition in the dictionary in hopes that it would clear up the question a bit. 


having the simplicity, charm, serenity, or other characteristics generally attributed to rural areas: pastoral scenery; the pastoral life.
pertaining to the country or to life in the country; rural; rustic.
portraying or suggesting idyllically the life of shepherds or of the country, as a work of literature, artor music: pastoral poetry; a pastoral symphony.
of, pertaining to, or consisting of shepherds.
of or pertaining to a pastor or the duties of a pastor:pastoral visits to a hospital.
a poem, play, or the like, dealing with the life of shepherds,commonly in a conventional or artificial manner, or with simple rural life generally; a bucolic.
a picture or work of art representing the shepherds' life.
Music . pastorale
a treatise on the duties of a pastor.
a letter to the people from their spiritual pastor.

So, since we have established that I am not a pastor and this is not a religious blog I think that we can eliminate a few of the definitions right away. #'s 5, 9, 10, and 11 are out. Of the rest of the definitions, I think #3 is probably the closest to what this blog is. Pastoral Dreams refers to my ideal of a life I wish to lead someday. Simplicity and serenity are words that I aspire to. Country is where I wish to be someday. Right now I am just learning what I will need to know someday. I read inspirational and instructional books, work on my physical fitness, and learn traditional handmade crafting skills in preparation for the day that I will finally realize my dream. 

When that day comes, I will be ready to get started. I am sure that there will be more to learn but I will have the foundation in place for the life that I hope for. 

Love and encourage each other,

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