“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)
Why did you go to the woods, Mr Thoreau? "I went to the woods because I wish to live deliberately." Oh! I, too, wish to live deliberately! Do you have any advice for me? "As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail." Well, in my own search for deliberate living, I'm writing. Actually writing. At last! Not only that, but I've created a sparse, monastic cell upstairs and away from all distractions. I've also put aside commitments in order to be free to write and I've done just that for this whole weekend, locked away in a hotel room with nothing but my notes, a couple of books and a laptop. And a cafetiere and good coffee. And Peroni, Côtes du Rhône, lots of great films and TV shows. And my music collection. Oh, and my guitar. Now, now, Mr Thoreau, self-discipline doesn't have to mean self-denial, too ;)
And I'm so pleased I brought my guitar, as I've crafted into a happy finished form an acoustic version of this stunner for my growing collection of protest songs.