Without doing anything, things can sometimes go more smoothly just because of our peaceful presence. In a small boat when a storm comes, if one person remains solid and calm, others will not panic and the boat is more likely to stay afloat.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
The present moment is where life can be found, and if you don't arrive there you miss your appointment with life. You don't have to run anymore. Breathing in, we say, "I have arrived." Breathing out, we say, "I am home." This is a very strong practice, a very deep practice.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude.
- William Wordsworth, from The Prelude
As it happens, I do have an appointment with life, with my self, with my solitude. I've booked off a LWOP (leave without pay) for the first week of June. I tell you, the thought of it has kept me going for the last couple of months, and now it's only a couple of weeks away.
I plan on writing, of course, and sitting in my backyard - which will hopefully have flowers in it by then. (Spring comes slowly where I live....) I also plan on reassessing how I use the internet (too, much, in truth). It seems to me, people used to talk about this more often, but maybe it's one of those things you just need to quietly work out for yourself. It has it's wonderful parts, the internet, but it can also be very overpowering, addictive, and at times draining. I sometimes think of Facebook and Twitter as a job......and I need to get out of that mindset. We writers are told that we need to promote our books, etc. And we do. (I can't tell you how important it is that people buy the books we write - and I thank those of you who have recently bought Asking from the bottom of my heart....). But I want to attempt to bring everything back into some kind of balance again, that way.
So on my week where I have an appointment with myself, I want to sit and re-read books I love, poems I love. Write in my diary. Think about what I might write next. I've been writing more poem essays, but I think I want to begin a novel, or at least begin planning out a novel.
I've been sending out queries to publishers this past week regarding: Transactions with Beauty, which is the book I've written based on this blog. They're short essays elaborated from my morning gatherings, here. Wish me luck on that will you?
I work today, but then have the entire long weekend off to spend with my family, and to hopefully cross things off my to-do list so that when I get my week, it will be relatively clear.
Wishing you a beautiful long weekend.....some calm, some peace. And perhaps you will keep an appointment with yourself....