The last day of another month
But with the sentence: “Use your failures for paper.”
Meaning, I understood, the backs of failed poems, but also my life.
Whose far side I begin now to enter
Jane Hirshfield, Waking the Morning Dreamless After Long Sleep
Do you really need to have a reactive like/dislike relationship with life where you are in almost continuous conflict with situations and people? Or is that just a deep-seated mental habit that can be broken? Not by doing anything, but by allowing this moment to be as it is.
Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks
Evolutionarily, we’re always concerned with what’s not right.
That’s what makes gratefulness delightfully subversive.
Dale Biron, Poet and author
Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie.
Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.
Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper
A difficult practice these days…
Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something.
Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Be patient and trust that the treasure you are looking for is hidden in the ground on which you stand.
Henri Nouwen, Hidden Treasure
Live in the nowhere that you come from,
even though you have an address here.