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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:21 PM

A Day Fully Lived

Make each day your home. Greet it as you would greet an old friend, come for tea. It won't last long, and that's why it's so precious, sacred even. See its astonishing colours, feel its wild feelings. Let its joys move you to tears, be floored by its sadnesses. Feel the vibrant life surging through every pore of this day of all days.

And at its end, lay your head on its pillow, sink into its vastness, tumble into its bottomlessness. Will another day come? And does it matter, when this day has been so full? Be willing to be blind to all your tomorrows.

A day, fully lived, will always be more than enough. Gratitude is the key, and the lock was never made.

-Jeff Foster

I'm trying live in the now/now time signature. Keep my life in "day-tight compartments".
The first year of a Trump Residency my husband and I got drunk together every night and wept in grief we had never felt before. For our daughter, for the future, for the planet and for liberal democracy.

I think it was necessary, in some way.

The second year I realized my small family was still alive. The earth was still alive.
Where there is life there is hope.
And still so much beauty.

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Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:30 PM

1. That's a great reminder about how we can choose to see things. Thank you.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:11 PM

4. Thank you!

And I heartily agree with your sig line. Not all persons are human!

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Response to violetpastille (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:11 PM

2. Lovely post. My wife and I start the day with her reading me a Mary Oliver poem

or me reading some text from a favorite Hal Borland book. Both are students and studiers of nature and the world around them - it gets us off to a start.

Each day since trump's election theft, I've had some level of sadness and disbelief - most days I can push it way down, some days it bubbles up more (its the bleeding heart thing - how he is setting the country back, how his awfulness hurts so many).

But - I am fortunate to have my wife, great friendships with my two daughters (they live distant from us), wonderful cats and a fascinating rescue dog....and so much music, so many books - and I dig into my hobbies.

What's the line - there is no present, because as soon as you ponder it is becomes the past? So as you note, taking things in small chunks - a day is a perfect chunk - and wringing as much out of it as we can is a good way to do it.

I love it when a DUer posts something that makes me ponder about life type things!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:09 PM

3. Thank you for the lovely reply!

And thank you for the Hal Borland tip.

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