If I start my day with something negative, if I start reading something positive, thinking something positive, if I start my day feeling positive, reading something inspirational – what am I likely to write?
How is my day likely to unfold?
Every day has brains in it, intelligence, influences – seemingly floating around rooms – communicated like virus, person to person. Every meeting has sizzle in it – because ideas are cooking. Every mistake or meeting or coincidence has magic in it – memories and coincidence are magical unconscious things that prove we communicate and function in peculiar ill-understood ways.
Yesterday, if you looked at my list or my table, it wasn’t one of much accomplishment.
Sure, I could say I moved a few things forward – but un-done things at end of yesterday loomed so large, I was so drained. Sleeping, the only solution.
Rested is better, today will be better, and that is all good.
Yesterday’s accomplishments might be measured with a thimble, but it would be the world’s largest thimble …
… for added amusement/pleasure, I wrote this on return from the gym, chainsaws humming outside. Snow still falling, traffic snarled, self-limbing trees are reducing Calgary’s foliage (I’ll bet we have over 2 million trees lost of damaged in the city – there are 12 so far on this property alone … and the snow is still falling! .. don’tcha just love summer in Calgary?)
Yesterday’s snow made everything pretty – bent some trees, broke the odd branch. Today’s is way beyond destructive. I’m sure most trees will survive, they’ve feel like they had a haircut. Tree pruners will have a good month. As will auto-body shops.
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 0C/32F, more snow overnight ..sunshine and warmer temps in the forecast starting tomorrow – so this little spit of snow isn’t really winter – as summer continues for a little while longer
Snow already? Is this early for you guys? Just curious. I am predicting an early winter as well as a harder one this year. We are beginning to lose some leaves and other leaves are starting to turn here in southeast Texas. Snow, well maybe we will get some this year-it will be appreciated. GW, Bon Wier, Tx.
Musing into action: Hi Mark. I’m reacting to your column of today and for the record I enjoy your musings as well. It was great to talk to you yesterday, and to answer your questions. I was as curious as you to hear the answers, almost as if I were eavesdropping on our conversation. I don’t always know what is going to come out of my mouth, especially when I am trying to be honest and not sugarcoating the answers. Some questions were about things I don’t think about, and in retrospect I realized that I probably should. Some of the answers I wasn’t particularly happy with. For example, I don’t think that I am all that smart, I just think differently from many other people. Other people keep telling me that I am, and in some ways it is probably true, but I don’t like to say it. Must be the conditioning I received at the hands of my British nanny and later stepmother who was an advocate of the school that taught thinking too well of oneself was conceit, and that pride always goeth before a fall. I now know that is utter nonsense, so long as one doesn’t carry it to an extreme. Fortunately my experience in the army reserves was a much greater influence, that and the writings of Robert Heinlein. His philosophy of social responsibility, if it can be referred to a such, forms the basis of my outlook on life and how people and society should behave. Everybody is familiar with Starship Troopers as great space opera. Ignore the shooting war against the bugs and look at that society, and you have a good idea of Heinlein’s view of society as it should be. For Us the Living was his first book on the subject, but he couldn’t get it published in his lifetime. I thought about your writing commitment, the poems and short stories, on my drive home yesterday and found myself thinking that not only will I start doing that again, but also about amateur theatre and what it would be like getting involved in something like that. I could sweep the stage or help build and paint sets. Maybe even tread the boards eh? So thank you Mark. You may have rekindled something that was a faint spark into a light source. As promised one of my stories. A bit creepy but hiking that trail always does that to me. Cheers!, DM, Calgary, AB