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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Friday, May 02, 2008  
I've Been Stimulated

Another misleading title. My $600 stimulus check was electronically deposited yesterday. Even though I don't approve of that program and think it's irresponsible, if checks are being sent out, I want mine! It's going into my savings account now but will be spent later. I have plans.

I'm going to get a wireless router from Comcast since I already give them most of my monthly check. Some of you may remember that I tried unsuccessfully to install one of those myself and gave up. (long story - I've already had advice - it won; I lost) This way I can get upgrades and service from Comcast and send them the rest of my money. I'm also going to buy an HDTV. The reason I don't have these by now is that I'm trying to use behavior modification on myself. Oddly it's working this time since I have a bad attitude and usually say to hell with it because if I want something, I'll get it no matter what. I told myself that I can't have them until I get the living room and den decluttered, organized, and clean. The way my entire house looks qualifies me for Clean Sweep. Help me, Peter Walsh! I have his book which is good and helpful if I'll just do what he says. Same with my doctor. Those sort of go together, actually.

I'm surprised with myself that I'm waiting to get those things I really want but realize it's because the embarrassment outweighs the desire for them. It is an incentive, though, and will surely work because I want them. I also want to enjoy my house and be able to have company again. I need to quit whinging about this and just do it! I've tried making myself a schedule. Yeah right! I'm just way too retired!

Clean House

11:50:00 AM

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