10 Commandments

as of Wednesday, Oct. 21/14. Listen, not meaning to offend anyone. Really not.

You must just understand, I have no faith that we humans will be around for all that much longer.

& things are seeming ever more cuckoo by the day.

(Only if you are paying attention, of course. Or … hmmm. Seems pretty much visceral to me, to be honest. Which means, you don’t really have to be paying attention, per se. You just sense it in your guts, you know??)

Anyway, bottom line is, I try to make every day meaningful & fun. I’m still an activist, & an active one at that. I keep busy, & I believe I do good work.

Today I was on the bus riding up to a transit canvass for our best local mayoral candidate.

I started scrawling a fun list of new commandments.

Tomorrow the list would be different, of course. (Tomorrow I will be onto something else! I have a pretty short attention span.)

Here is today’s (in no particular order, btw):

  • Always keep some containers of homemade soup in your freezer. It feels so good to know all you have to do is thaw some, & presto, voilà! Supper!!
  • Smile at strangers. (This is a subversive way of spreading small bits of joy in a lovely simple & indiscriminate way.)
  • Floss. (Honestly, it’s really important!!)
  • Allow yourself occasional episodes of “card therapy.” (Just go to some store that sells cards, read some funny ones, & smile & laugh out loud. It’s good medicine, trust me!!)
  • Buy a card or two & mail one (or several) to people you care about. What the heck, eh??
  • Be polite friendly to bus & streetcar drivers. They have a very challenging job & need all the affirmation & friendliness they can get!!
  • Eat pizza.
  • Use emoticons in your blog postings. (I used to do this all the time. Then my source of good ones went away. :( But I just found a new method, though much inferior to the ones I used to use.  :) )
  • Live a life of excellence! You can define this for yourself, okay? (In fact only you can define it for you!) But living a life of excellence will make you feel really good, I’m pretty sure.
  • Relax……………. Nothing is under control. It really, really, really, really, really isn’t.

RELAX - nothing is under control


p.s. the canvass, btw, was very fun. Being helpful, & doing so in the company of other committed, helpful people, is a surprisingly enjoyable way of spending one’s time. I wouldn’t lie to you!


Quote for Today: “Why should we all use our creative power? … Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” – Brenda Ueland (American writer, 1891-1985) 

Companion Quote: “I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day. I have done this for many years. It is at these times I seem to get re-charged. … My explanation of it is that when I walk in a carefree way, without straining to get to my destination, then I am living in the present. And it is only then that the creative power flourishes.” – Brenda Ueland on walking & writing, in If You Want to Write – A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

 [quotes on walking here]