Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Currie's Gratitude 18 December 2013

Instructions for living a life: 
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
[Mary Oliver]

Few instructions I’ve been given over my Life are this clear. This simple. This comprehensive. I think this is pretty much right up there with “chop wood carry water” for how I choose to live. I was writing earlier about writing practise. Why DO I DO it?! Or perhaps I mean Why I DO it.

Anyway, when I pay attention to myself. My thoughtsandfeelings about this or that, I am always glad of it. NOT always straightaway, but within a stretch of time at least. Often sooner.

We really teach ourselves. If you want to learn, you will always find someone to learn from, be they dead or alive, great or unknown. You learn from everything you see and hear around you - if you are willing to pay attention. [Alexander Volkov]

This makes such sense to me. I am a learner. I live to learn is what I sometimes think. Whenever I’m having a hard time BEing alive I especially think that I have always found JOY in learning. Sometimes I have learnt harder things and NOT felt so warm and fuzzy about it; yet I am mostly ALWAYS glad of the chance to stretch my mind and bend my silly little certainties.

I love you, Currie

1 comment:

Rita said...

Paying attention is what makes life interesting. I always know that if my days are slipping by practically unnoticed then things are not going well in my life and I am living too much in my head, you know? It's truly all the little things that bring me Karma purring on my chest. :)