“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)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Nine) - and Review

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals...
Me, too, Henry David Thoreau, me too - although our age of barbarism is not over yet. Thoreau was around 28 years old when he wrote this, when he felt this and I am so in awe of him and his way of thinking and being around 170 years ago now. It's great spending time with him.

Taking dad to Hull hospital yesterday to finally get that nasty growth chopped out - and being strongly reminded from different angles of the first section of the Viking Way. Also, meeting Maria, another human being, struggling to be in the world, but so much wanting to find a way.

Getting the Person-Centered Journal through the post was very nice - I like being published, though am reminded that the person who was published was a Bill and not a Billy. Good reminder of changes made. I'm not especially interested in getting published again. I'm not against it, but I think I'd rather spend time with more creative avenues of expression than academic writing...

...once the Doctorate is a Done Doctorate, that is. And I'm pleased at my clear and gentle assertiveness over recent demands on my time to re-engage with the world (at the expense of writing time).

A Kaskade of Komments.

Playing guitar along with the genius John Lennon.

The partial eclipse of the sun (amazing photo by Monsignor Naseem Akram, rights neither offered nor requested - make me take it down ;)

And Review...

As months will, this seems to have flown like the bird in the picture - away, away, oh dark silhouette - so what's been done? I continue to live in the woods with Mr Thoreau, I proceed apace with deliberate guitar practice and also with the making of the space for writing, including the summary of Freedom to Learn - and also, walking, eating well, and it seems, changing habits I wanted to change, although this, like all, is ongoing, this conscious process of existence, of living fully, authentically, well. 


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  2. Wow so beautifully poetic Billy and what an awesome capturing of the solar eclipse. As Wondeful as Solar Eclipses perhaps . And now there is an upcoming full moon eclipse (blood moon) within the next week (sadly not visible from here) The ancients knew a thing or three about these auspicious omens or would it be owomens these days or perhaps more politically correct opersons :O)

    I am hearing in your words Billy a rich tapestry being woven from a wealth of threads/strands in your life created through time shared with Mr Thoreau, with your Dad at the hospital, time shared with the Humber River and Maria and your guitar and and ....a whole wealth of valuable experiencing...

    I hear the doctorate writing starting to take shape and that there is even an emerging sense of life after the doctorate... creative engagement rather than more academic writing ..

    Emerging through all of this, the all and all of ALL of this, I am hearing more reasons to be cheerful in the midst of having the freedom to learn ...
    Learning that in the ongoing process within it all, walking, eating well, shifting habits, playing the guitar, spending time virtually in the woods, there is increasing awareness of, experiencing of "living fully, authentically, well."

    How lovely it is to have caught up with you here this week to witness all that
    unfolding ...


    1. Thank you, Kat - I appreciate your words very much :-)


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