- All stories, I've heard, have one of two themes: 1) a stranger came to town; 2) someone sets out on a journey. That's it!
- Attend longish poetry reading and walk away recalling a single line, "Where is the suit with pockets where the white birds live?" That one stays with me, takes on a life of its own.
- Entry Level Happiness. Lesson #1 - Practice Contentment. Begin by naming 'em. What are you content with?
- Exercise: Pick out in a room what the rules are. Then see if you can figure out who's following the rules and who's making up the rules. The ones "following the rules" are generally the ones with layers of drama and neurosis. That is, those who "follow the rules" tend to be self-critical, exacting on themselves (self-punishing) meek and mild behavior, exhibiting the unnatural effort it takes to appear to be submissive. You have to be hard on yourself in order to appear meek and mild and submissive in the world. How do I know this? Yeah, I think you can figure it out.
- It's end of the month journal time. Time for some gleaning.
- Imagine you're in the woods and suddenly attacked by a wild animal. Three choices: 1) you can play dead (the "soft" guy's choice); or, 2) you can fight back ("hard" guy's choice), or 3) you can run away. Playing dead is one option, esp. if you survive long enough to "figure it out." No judgment(s) allowed. At some level one choice is as good as another. And, by the way, who is determining the rules? The wild animal beastie who's attacking?
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