How has your week been? Anything exciting happen since we spoke last?
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you it’s been an amazing week. Nothing significant happened, but everything is different. I feel different. I feel more alive, truly living. Everything is more vibrant, smells and tastes more intense. I feel at peace but also ready for action. I am not sluggish or lethargic, which is common for me this time of year. Life is wonderful and beautiful.
A few nights ago, I dreamt I saw a nebula from Earth. The sight was beyond imagination – full of color and awe-inspiring. That’s how life feels right now, as if the whole universe has opened up before me. I am in awe of it all. I feel myself opening up to the magic of life.
I don’t know what this all means to me or how it translates into the everydayness of life. There are still dinners to be made, bills to be paid, trash to be thrown out. and work to be done. Life continues, but somehow different.
And not so far away there are people suffering. People in search of a better life, of a safe place to sleep at night. I don’t know how to make room for it all within me, how to reconcile it all.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you this week has been about physical activity and somehow getting the rest to fit in. I’ve been bike riding a few days a week. I even went one day in the rain and wind. It was a difficult but satisfying experience. I also added swimming into the mix. While the weather is nice, I’ll be swimming 1 day a week, and increase as there are fewer and fewer decent biking days.
I signed up my little broccoli lover for break dance lessons, which he is very excited about. I didn’t realize giving him something I’d also be giving myself something – an additional two hours of guilt-free reading time a week. Hurray for break dance!
If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you that I signed up for a MOOC (massive open online course) on Coursera called “Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop” from CalArts. I’ve done week one and the fact that it started with the analysis of a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks is a good sign for me. She is one of my favorite poets. I like taking online courses, especially ones I hope will improve my skills in some way. Have you ever taken a MOOC? I’ve taken several and I always enjoy them.
I’m looking forward to the many things happening in the blogosphere in the near future. First of all, I have a great lineup for my Monday Inspirations series, including Solveig Werner tomorrow, and Sacha Black and Ruth of Silver Screenings in the following weeks. Maybe you’d like to contribute?
This upcoming week, Geoff Le Pard is beginning his blog book tour for My Father and Other Liars. During his tour, he’ll stop by this little blog in week two to tell us about the impact of fathers on their children.