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Thursday, January 3, 2008

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.

We all practice a finely honed skill
:

Expecting life to reside in an event or experience or occasion other than the one we are in right now.


While waiting for perfect, we pass on ordinary.


While waiting for better, we don’t give our best effort to good.


While waiting for new and improved, we leach the joy right out of the old and reliable.

These are not my words, but could be my thoughts as the new year is already in full swing before I had a chance to decide how I want it to be. They came from writer Terry Hershey and his thoughts on bliss. I like Flannery Conner's title quote because I've always wanted things straight up, knowing I can cope the best when I know the score, but inevitably get caught up in wanting more and better and perfect. These qualities do not usually reside in the now.

Scores are for baseball games.

So I raise my cup of coffee to the 'now' however ordinary, scary and blissful it can be!

11 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

A very nice set of pictures here, I love the B & W with the indians.

Here's to 'Now' and how we live it.

Neva said...

I love your stuff! Very interesting.

teabird said...

I linked to your post today - you gave me a gift today, and I thank you!

Aunt Kathy said...

I saw the link to your post from Teabirds blog and I had to come check it out.

I was just saying something similar to a friend today on the phone. I will take that as a conformation.

I enjoyed reading it written so beautifully. Thanks for posting it.

Running Knitter said...

I followed teabird over here, and just had to thank you for this post.

Catherine said...

Very powerful words..we do need to remember to enjoy the ordinary..you have given me a great reminder! I love the collage!
Have a wonderful New Year!
Cat

Inland Empire Girl said...

Great ideas to start the year. I love the collage of pictures.

kris said...

Hi - I haven't been over here in FOREVER!! Have totally enjoyed my visit and catching up with you.

It looks like you had a wonderful holiday - isn't it nice to have family gathered around?

Loved your photos of the trees and lake etc - we've had some amazingly picturesque days so far this year!

The sentiments of this post are ones I try to live by - but, like almost everyone, I usually end up getting bogged down in worrying and wanting - and have to be jogged into the NOW again. At least we have the power to get back to being present!!

Sometimes it takes a scare to remember how tentative life is - I'm so glad you're okay!!

Best wishes for the new year!

Marianne said...

I'm raising my cup of coffee with you, dear Friend...ahem..... where's that pie? I could settle in for a nice long visit... now. :^)

Sandra Evertson said...

Great blog!
Sandra Evertson

Granny Smith said...

How wise you are, my friend! I hope the new year brings you great satisfaction in each "now"