jusummerhayes

Good morning 🙏

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

I love this time of day.

Just me — or that's what it feels like — my computer and the freedom to write.

I know that sounds self-indulgent but then again those are just labels to describe something that only I can feel ❤️.

How was your week?

Sorry, I know that sounds a lame question but I'd love to know, overall, how things have been/gone. 

The thing I keep forgetting — perhaps I need a daily reminder — is that not everyone is doing (so to speak) the 9 to 5. And that's beautiful. I mean that, seriously. I don't want to be part of a tribe, much like I see on LinkedIn, hewn from the same, or at least similar, rock. 

To be honest, and don't take this wrong way, the more eclectic, dare I say weird 😂, are the people I connect with on LJ the better. For me, I learn so much by hearing the viewpoints, stories and biographies of everyone — the comments are always the best place or so it seems.  I know that doing what I've done all these years, even if I've gone off-piste a few times, has made me a bit lop-sided with my interests and, yes, often, my perspective. And being reminded that not everyone started out in life as a career junkie etc., is so enriching and opens me to a different universe of emotion.

Today is the last day of work — for this week at least. One day I'll be saying it's my last day of full-time work and I'll be off once again to see what the self-employed world of freelancing, writing and speaking has to offer — health permitting, of course.

Yesterday, I had a wonderful, deeply nourishing conversation with someone in the US. It's early days, but I've been asked to be part of a conversation that will be shared as a podcast and video on authenticity. I'm still mulling it over as to whether I'm the right person or the right fit for the 'show' but I was humbled that someone had reached out to me this way.

As to the day job, I did, as expected, have to roll up my sleeves on the contentious issue front. We're getting there but compared to the good old days of knockabout litigation it feels, well, just a little bit tame. 

I've got nothing planned for the weekend save watching England play France (rugby). I will get to the gym and no doubt have to clean the house but other than that, I'd like to spend some time walking close to my house which always settles me from a busy week.

I've got some reading to catch up on — I'm trying to read The Ten Thousand Things by Dr Robert Saltzman; I keep getting distracted and I've lost the rhythm that's so important to reading. 

I will venture somewhere — perhaps Totnes — but like most of my days I rarely make plans and go where the wind blows me.

Anyhow, it's time for me to do my thing.

Have a beautiful day.

Blessings, and deep bows.

Ju.

Photo by Daniel J. Schwarz on Unsplash


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