March 18th, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant

Today's quote

“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”
Ellen Bass

Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash

speaker, coach, consultant


"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."
Fernando Pessoa

Good morning.

I was awake at 5 am — Alfie made sure to that by jumping on the bed and sticking his wet nose in my face; oh god, I love that dog.

Of course, working from home now, I don't need to get up at this ungodly hour but I cherish the solace and space and am not about to change my daily routine for the sake of another hour or so in bed.

I've not yet checked Twitter or read the news. I'm sure I will at some point but, as I wrote about yesterday, and the day before, I need to wean myself off of the amount of news and/or information Covid-19 related that I'm ingesting — it's not good for my delicate, quiet soul. 

Right now, all I can do is all I can do, which means staying isolated so far as possible, avoiding any unnecessary contact, washing my hands and keeping to some sort of daily regime. 

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