In my mind – some lingering thoughts about a conversation yesterday.
Someone lamenting bizarre actions of a middle-aged fellow, of his long-standing and profoundly unsuccessful pursuit of the affections of a much younger woman. Hearing only one side of such a story is one-part funny, one-part pathetic, but interesting entertainment for the brain.
Each time, my feelings fluttering, feeling myself stuttering and flubbing what I wanted to say I am reminded that a quickening of the breath and pounding in my chest probably has a lot more to do with the workout I had that it does to feelings I’ve expressed, or wish to.
Hearts pump, inside us all.
I mean those hearts, metaphorically, where we store feelings – and wouldn’t if feel strange to say my thalamus has feelings for your thalamus, or my limbic system is in sync with your limbic system?
I’m no brain surgeon and I didn’t stay at Brand-X’s hotel last night.
Hearts, the I’m talking about my feelings here kind, get broken or mended. We’ve lived those hills and valleys, haven’t we? Unless we are too young, in which case that roller-coaster ride awaits . . .
I came across a Friedrich Nietzsche quote that intrigued me. As much for the author as the words because he is so well known for darkness in his writing: “We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.”
H.L. Mencken said: “Love is like war, easy to begin but very hard to stop.”
I must go now – don’t want to miss my morning workout before pace of the day takes my time away.
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 3C/37F, clear, light breeze – another ‘reminds us that spring is really here, finally’ kind of day; our walk was a little later than usual so quiet streets were busy with traffic, joggers and shift workers sprinting to, or away, from that place down the street, workers were opening the car dealer lot – Gusta, oblivious to everything seen, her nose close to the ground.
Hi there - in an amazing coincidence, the luncheon speaker at the geo-convention today was Amanda Lang of CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange talking about innovation. Someone asked why there were more recognized male innovators than female, and she referenced the very "confidence gap" that Brooks' article does. I found her talk moving and personally inspiring, CM, Calgary, AB
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