Quote of Inspiration

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Atilla and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I have to begin again with 7 days of kindness.  Can you believe that?  If you know me, you can.

It started out well enough, but then I got lazy.  I began to end the day looking for ways I'd been kind, so that I could count them.  Instead of being intentional and thoughtful, I just kind of hoped I'd done something nice for someone, so I could continue on to the next day.

There were days I didn't think of it at all.

And some of my 'kindness' was a little stretched…not yelling at my kids?  That's kindness?

So, I'm back at Day 1.  I had no idea this would be so difficult.  But it reminds me that living thoughtfully and with intention is important.  I think it's more important, perhaps, than anything else.

I saw this video the other day.  If you can get past the somewhat dodgy rhyming poetry, I think the whole point of it is relevant.  I am so one of those people…on my phone, on my computer, keyed into the virtual world while my real life passes by.  This is especially sad when I think of what I'm missing with my kids.

So, I'm sure some of my intention and kindness will focus on lack of media and toning down my virtual life, especially while my family is with me.

Here is the video:

With that….Day 1 begins again.

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