I have the best friends in the world. They support me and bring me up and make me laugh. In a less than stellar few weeks, my friends have rallied around and given me much needed props and love!

I am grateful to have the most amazing friends in the world!!


My prompt for the week is ACTION. This is how action is used in the books that I’m reading:

  1. She trails a finger across the headstone as if the action might summon tears to her eyes. Shelby Van Pelt
  2. But pages are meditation with a difference: unlike conventional meditation, they move us to action. Julie Cameron
  3. The period of reflection succeeding this silly action compelled me to admit the necessity of smothering my pride and choking my wrath, and bestirring myself to remove its effects. Emily Bronte
  4. She has also devised a series of exercises called the Abramovic Method, which involves focusing on one particular action as a recurring theme. Rob Walker
  5. My father’s actions, his years of violence and acts of retribution, all spoke of a hatred so intense that it demanded a blood price. Laurie Zeleski
  6. No my dear fellow, it is at the hour of action that I turn to you for aid. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. We live in a culture of emphasized action. Pedram Shojai
  8. Big decisions are often the foundation of your story, and the smaller decisions are the natural way of showing us the characters, setting up later action and keeping the story believable. Graeme Simsion

Here’s how I’m going to think about ACTION:

  1. quote 7- what are the pros and cons of emphasizing action
  2. what does it mean to be a person of action?
  3. the whole action/reaction thing- what’s up with that?
  4. when we think action, do we think of it as physical?
  5. is mental action as important as physical?

We All Know It
by Marianne Moore

That silence is best: that action and re-
Action are equal: that control, discipline, and
Liberation are bywords when spoken by an appraiser, that the
   Accidental sometimes achieves perfection, loath though
     we may be to admit it:

And that the realm of art is the realm in
Which to look for "fishbones in the throat of the gang."  Pin-
Pricks and the unstereotyped embarrassment being the contin-
   Ual diet of artists.   And in spite of it all, poets ask us just what it

Is in them that we cannot subscribe to:
People overbear till told to stop:  no matter through
What sobering process they have gone, some inquire if emotion,
   true
   And stimulated are not the same thing:  promoters request us to
     take our oath

That appearances are not cosmic:  mis-
Fits in the world of achievement want to know what bus-
Iness people have to reserve judgement about undertakings.  It is
   A strange idea that one must say what one thinks in order to
     be understood.

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15 thoughts on “Gratitude and Mindfulness: 10/1/22

  1. Always taught that words are cheap, but actions speak and this is borne out when someone said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” It is so easy, especially now in some circles to think, want, feel…but so hard to actually DO. An action is usually the culmination of a thought or an idea. In history, some fought for what they thought was right. This country was born that way which is something some people in Washington should think about.

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  2. I’m glad your friends rallied round during this difficult season.
    The physics approach of “for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction” seems to carry over to non-physics thought, but we usually call it a “consequence.”

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