Bonjour ☕

I've been awake since 4.11 am but got up at 5 am — before the alarm on my phone went off.

During that hour, I read "One Essence: The Nondual Clarity of an Ancient Zen Poem" by Robert Wolfe. It's beautiful; and I got (believe it or not) halfway through it.

The coffee (as you'd expect) is poured, and I'm sitting here with a hat on — yes, really — notwithstanding that the central heating appears to have been on ALL NIGHT!. (There's one advantage: the kitchen floor, which has underfloor heating, feels like warm coals on my bare feet — I never wear slippers.)

What's on today then?

More of the same?

Me too.

Same old, same old; but I'm not (honestly, Guv) complaining. In fact, I have no feelings for it.

It is what it is: a job. 

Yesterday, I made a wonderful connection on Twitter. The person concerned very graciously DM me to tell me my main blog was down. She was right. I then spent several hours trying to fix the problem. I hope I've managed to sort it but by god, if anyone had told me how useless hosting companies would turn out to be, I'd have self-hosted (if that's even possible, right...!).

Daughter #3 has mock A-level exams at the moment. She's sanguine about the whole thing which is in stark contrast to daughter #2 who would be on the roof by now. Hey, but isn't that beautiful how we're all unique just like in nature, even if sometimes she can be a little distracting with her 50 million WhatsApp messages asking me questions about her law degree? I mean, what are dads for if not to be on call 24/7, right ❤️❤️❤️? 

Mrs S is off today. She works four days a week. I wish I did but then again, I wish I worked for myself. I know I will again — I did for six years — and if there's anything I miss it's the small amount of freedom that's available in not having always to be somewhere at the same time. I say 'small amount' simply because I always applied the same rigour and discipline to my self-employed sojourn as I did my full-time workdays because, quite frankly, I didn't know what else to do; and, actually, I sort of like work — as strange as that sounds.

I know in time I'll have to crank up the business development if I'm going to cut the Gordian Knot on my current gig but, for now, I'm quite happy with my lot and will be until (as I've previously said) daughter #3 finishes College and goes to University or whatever she does thereafter.

Anyhow, as they say, it's time to get a move on. I'll leave you with a pithy quote from the text of the above book, which is no more, I suppose, than a translation of the Chinese verses:

"Do not get entangled in things;
Do not get lost in emptiness.
Be still in the oneness of things
and dualism vanishes by itself."
— Hsin Hsin Ming



Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

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