Oct 03 2007

Sometimes Cheezy Can Be Helpful

In the spirit of today:


by Max Ehrlman

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

I edited out one tiny bit.

Oct 03 2007

Some Improvements Today

I have to just make an effort to come out of my mopey funk.

This morning, before leaving for work, I did some cleaning up in the kitchen. It’s amazing how taking a little bit of time to put a few things to rights in the morning can set such a positive and productive tone for the day. Imagine- me actually liking to do chores!

Just a few minutes ago, I went in and had a chat with the woman here at work by whom I felt I’d been “dumped.” She’s a friend and has been since long before I worked here, but I’d lately been feeling a disconnect that I was afraid was turning into a breakup. It turns out that we had both just been busy and mis-reading the situation. We re-affirmed our friendship with each other and I left feeling better instantly. Actually talking to someone about a perceived problem? What a novel concept!

I have also attempted to cut out negative self talk. Instead of telling myself I’m stupid and fat for thinking about the snack drawer, I’m trying to tell myself I’m smart and healthier for avoiding it. So far it’s working.

Similarly, I’m not the lazy ass who hates to do chores, I am the FORMERLY lazy ass who now finds chores invigorating and loves the feeling of accomplishment.

Perhaps this sounds a little silly, but if you could only hear the horrible things I tell myself each day, you’d understand why these little steps are actually really important ones.

I’m sure it also helps that I have new jeans on today and think my ass looks kinda hott.

Oct 03 2007


The Great Mofo Delurk 2007

Do it! Please? You know you want to. Your mom would do it! You can just do it once. It won’t hurt, I promise! I’ll be your best friend! How ’bout I give you five bucks*? It’s no fair if you don’t! C’mon… pretty please?


(Credit must be given to Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus)

(*I can’t actually give you five bucks. Sorry. But I can give you… um… Love? Yeah, Love! After all, that’s all you need.)