We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.William Butler Yeats
There are few problems in life that a cup of tea and a page of journaling won’t make at least a LITTLE better.
- woke up at 3 AM
- worked for 5 hours to finish a project for Basic Nutrition class I procrastinated on and was due at 8 AM
- took a shower
- turned in the project
- took a test in my American lit class
- wrote a poem
- set it to music
- went for a bike ride
- deposited a check at the bank
- gave money to a homeless man
- sat on a bench and wrote in my journal
- said “hi” to a pretty girl who lives in the building next to mine
- went to Spanish class
- got my medication from the pharmacy
- did all my homework
- read some of A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite books
- ate vegetables at dinner
- emailed my Spanish professor (something I’ve been putting off doing for a long time)
- went to the gym with some friends (first time in several months)
- heard back from my Spanish professor
- drank a cup of tea
- took my medication
- put on my pajamas
Now, I’m about ready to go to bed. It’s amazing how much I accomplished and how good I felt today. Going to the gym and emailing my professor especially felt good, because I’ve been telling myself I should do those things and then not doing then for a long time now.
In general, I just feel really happy with my life tonight, which is a pretty big deal for me. I feel like I’m doing things right, working hard, and keeping on track to have a balanced, joyful, and fulfilling existence on Earth for these next 70-some years.
Writing that poem and turning it into a song today was an excellent experience. I’m feeling more in touch with my creative self lately. I’ll post some of what I’ve been writing soon.
On the whole, I’m just proud of myself for taking good care of myself and doing the things that are really important, even when they were hard to do. I’ve come so far, and I can’t wait to see where the journey takes me next.
I’m living the dream, my friends.
I overslept and was late to class twice today.
I didn’t even know I could do that, but I did.
Seen on a concrete post supporting a bridge. I live in a community of good people.
April Come She Will—Simon & Garfunkel—Cover
A few days late, perhaps, but a fitting song for the start of this month. Confession: I only put the capo on to make the intro easier to play.
The mechanics of amorous vassalage require a fathomless futility.Sentence from Roland Barthes I read this morning. It took me about ten minutes to really figure out what it meant, but once I did, I realized it was one of the most true statements about love I’ve ever encountered.
I’d rather learn from one bird how to singE. E. Cummings
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance
Trees point to cloudy
Skies, yellow grass and small birds