A few days after Santa dropped by, I yelled at my computer.
It. Was. Slow.
I. Was. Irritated.
I argued with a thing. Why? A smart friend told me to get the monkeys off my back and the chatter out of my brain. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I joined in the noise and yelled at my computer. Again.
I banged copy.
My ebullient fa-la-la-la-la fell out of tune.
Then another wise friend said, “Stop. Read something quiet.”
I did: three steps to a better place.
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau: “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.”
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.”
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen: “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”
I swear to Buddha: the oxygen in the room feels clean; I’ll take this day, one breath at a time.
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