“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Six) - and Review

Setting The Lamb to music has been a joy - I love it when music comes easily and this one did, utterly unplanned and unforced. Soft and Woolly. Baaa. Baaa.

Being determined to get writing back on track and doing it, back on track, on the writing track - this and increased focus on diet and exercise, making sacrifices in engagement with the world, which are anyway not sacrifices, rather something like listening to my quiet inner voice and following the good guidance found there.

The force of nature and freedom that is Henry David Thoreau, who had such sharp eyes to inspect the mundanity of the everyday...
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
He finds it obviously wanting, and then just overthrows it in a revolutionary act of non-conformism for freedom of being...
This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant. 

REVIEW of February (and preceding)

This is my first review of this little trick from positive psychology - a deliberate and systematic focus on the positive and I have to say it's working well thus far. If I hadn't blogged these things and thoughts from my existence, they might well have slipped away to the edges of memory. However, I'm really happy to consciously recall the reasons why I'm doing it (escaping black despair and spending my time on projects that are meaningful to me), a small period of time when painted art was my world-focus, including a great day at the National Gallery, May's release from a lifetime of captivity (and the reason why I'm trying to track down her medical records), meeting the thoughts of great minds (Dickens, Dostoevsky, Thoreau) and my continuing encounters with William Blake and a glorious day of freedom in walking in the elements.

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