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ruthless compassion

This year, like the past several years, one of the ways that I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving is by posting about some of the things for which I'm thankful this year, and all the time. Life is, even at its most challenging, full of unexpected riches of blessings that I want to call them out to myself here. I know many of you do this at other times of year; anyone who's so inclined should feel free to join me in this.

I'm thankful for bad judgement. Well, questionable judgement, really. Not the bad judgement that's marked by that one-drink-too-many (sorry, y'all) but the questionable judgement that's marked by staying out too late on a school night because life's too short to always be reasonable and prudent. This is a spirit that's central to who I want to be for myself, to take life by the lapels, fling it into the hottub, and dive in after it with a bottle of champagne in each hand.

Most of the time, I think I'm much more measured than that, but I'm getting better at letting myself go with those moments of questionable judgement and seeing where they lead. It's often somewhere beautiful, profound, and unexpected.

And, yes, sometimes it's not so nice. But those things teach me something important, too, about myself, my friends, loves, and family.

I guess it would be contradictory to hope that I get better at having questionable judgement -- would that tranform it into a weird kind of good judgement? So instead I'll just hope that I can keep closing my eyes and making the leap in ways that work out, because it's a hell of a thing.

 
 
ruthless compassion
24 November 2009 @ 10:41 am
"Somewhere, someone is flying."
 
 
 
ruthless compassion
24 November 2009 @ 12:27 pm
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

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I really, honestly thought that I was not going to be one of those people who, after getting an iPhone, was all, "OMG, the iPhone totally changed my life!" But I was wrong.

It's not just the iPhone itself, but the way people think about it and using it. There's this whole category of augmented reality apps that, more than flying cars or other scifi ideas, make me feel like I'm living in the future. That I can be standing downtown in a city I've never visited before and hold up my phone and have it tell me where I can get a good sandwich, a tasty drink, or have my coat tailored ... this is magic! It can also tell me about the history of landmarks near where I am or the geology of the area. Suddenly, the world is full of information that I can access right where I am. This is incredibly awesome.

It's this ridiculous toy, and also a whole new way of thinking about ... all kinds of things. I love the crazy ideas people pursue with it. I love the social networking apps like foursquare and buzzd and loopt. It's ridiculous, and it's fantastic. What's not to love?

Also, I'm surprised by how much I like having access to my email when I'm on the bus or waiting at a cafe or in those in-between times. This leads to my spending less time in front of my computer at home, which is wonderful.

So, I'm thankful for being wrong, living in the future, creativity and ingenuity, and less time at the keyboard. Awesome.
 
 
 
ruthless compassion
24 November 2009 @ 03:58 pm
My office-drawer condiments/spices rack contains:

* salt
* pepper
* ground cayenne
* cayenne flakes
* cider vinegar

What's in yours?