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I spend more time than I would like trying to forget that I’m unsatisfied with where I am right now.
Some of that is when I’m at home, alone, trying to find inspiration or meaning or rest.
Some of it is when I should be working but I can’t bring myself to do it because it feels like dying.
And then I find things, videos of poets with souls filled with pain and anger, that speak to me.
And I sit in my office, as my colleagues go about their business behind me, with one earbud in one ear listening to people like me.
And I write blog posts which look more like poetry.
I hate to get all Oprah’s Book Club on yo ass, but have you ever read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle? I read it this year and it has changed my outlook on life. Now, instead of looking at the future as a place where I will maybe one day be happy, I try to remind myself that happiness is always possible right now, no matter what the current situation is. It really did my brain a world of good and I think you might like it too.
Well! My mother bought it for me probably a year ago and I’ve never read it, I started it… I think mostly I’m unhappy because I’m scared. Anyway, I will read it.
Yeah look it’s a difficult book in a lot of ways – and his advice is presented in a fairly unsympathetic, matter-of-fact tone. But the core message is really helpful, and that is you can be genuinely happy right at this very moment. It’s always comforting to me to remember that.