a few truths

Oh, hi… Yes, I suck. Let’s get that out of the way right here and now.

I will be following this post with a tour through my reading list – you know, that list I desperately want to read, but accrues a bigger and bigger number of unread posts daily and becomes a bit more overwhelming at each check of the RSS. I’m around. I’m doing stuff. I should have “stuff” to write about. Yet, today, though stuff-filled as always, was also filled with a few moments of two-by-four upside the head – okay, or at least momentary huh – truth. Some came from the expected places. Some came from places that I should know by now to expect.

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from a daily work-related news digest that always ends with a quote:

writing quote

I got a little crazy on my Goodreads quote list today but this was the one that crossed my computer desk this morning and hit me. This, after I flipped through newsfeeds just a half hour earlier trying to figure out how I was going to blog when I had “nothing to blog about”. And yet I do. I just file it as benign everyday and it gets lost before I get back to it.

Good lord. What sort of awesomeness has happened that I’ve relegated to daily life?

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from the commute:

commute

For the record: Get the on the train going backwards. You’ll get a seat and, despite whatever it may look like getting on, you’ll get to where you need to go. <there. how’s that for turning a transit obscurity into the profound?>

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from the Magpie:

In the before-bed crafting blitz, the Magpie wanted cardboard. This, after much stalling – I’m too tired to go upstairs and get ready for bed! – and requests for extraneous assistance – help me get my toothbrush from right in front of me!  I grumbled, dug some cardboard out of the recycling and passed it upstairs.

Ten minutes later, I was called up to view the results.

Having been working on the scientific method for the class science fair, she had created a mini-poster board. It displayed two questions, two definitions and two brainstorming boxes of responses. They detailed the things she proposed as part of her “inner” – in her house, in her life – and those things she proposed to be “outer” – not part of her house or life. There were no physical things listed, only feelings and actions.  I will leave the details out, here – reasons to follow – but both lists followed with a question: what do we want in our inner/outer?

Truly. What do we want in our inner and outer?

Some folks spend their whole lives figuring that out and others spend their entire lives making a career out of help folks get closer to those answers. And there it was, in a six year olds’ ten minute brain-storming session. Pretty unambiguous and straight forward ideals to check her life’s actions against. And, undoubtedly, she’s watching mine, among others’, in line with that list as well.

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further from the Magpie:

I asked if I could take a picture of the display and post it on my blog; would she be okay with that?

No, she decided, the display was a private thing.

Well, I asked, were you thinking of displaying it on your <private to family and a few friends> blog?

No, she laughed, I have many more people reading my blog.

And there, at bed time, was the final truth of the day.

2 responses to “a few truths

  1. my kid does that use-all-the-cardboard crafting before bed too! argh. i like the creativity, but GO TO BED ALREADY.

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