This morning, between a bout of tantrums and refereeing, and hearing myself screech, “I said get your shoes on! I’m counting to three now!”–I had a powerful memory of my younger, single, childless days.

I  remembered the sweet simplicity of lolling in bed, of watching the news without any demand on me to get up and get the kids moving…I remembered what it was to jump into my car and drive to the nearby coffee place for a cup…I remembered the freedom FREEDOM of my life, the way it was.

Except it wasn’t. It does a soul good to remember that sometimes, the good old days never really were. Yes, there was spontaneity and there were casual moments sitting in a cafe and reading…but there was stress, and loneliness, and frustration, and monotony. So as the New Year approaches, let us all be thankful for the present moments in our lives…they are precious indeed.

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2007

Well, Merry Christmas to all. I am hopeful and excited about the new year. 2008 promises to be action-packed, what with the election coming up. In general, change seems to be in the air.

For those of you still working on your writing, best wishes to you in the New Year. Please wish me the same. If you didn’t figure out, I failed dismally at NaNoWriMo. But November 2008 is only 11 months away!  I shall try, try again.

In other news…I will begin my employ as a public servant with Marin County at the end of this month. I am thrilled…anticipating a year of learning, growing, contributing.

So as we head into 2008…I leave you with the Desiderata:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember
what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible
without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to
others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their
story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are
vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with
others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there
will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy
your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however be
humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of
time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the
world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to 
what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all
aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully
surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of
spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not
distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born
of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less then the
trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And
whether not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is
unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you may conceive
him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations in the
noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is
still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

-found in Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore; Dated 1692.