… and finding it very helpful, including this excerpt:
The words I remember were: The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom. During the silence that followed, memories flashed through my mind revealing how much I had been defended against. I could feel the walls I had erected to keep out those people who were different from me, those who intimidated me or demanded too much from me. I recognized my aversion to physical discomfort, to feeling fear and loneliness. I realized how unforgiving I felt toward myself for hurting others, for being judging, obsessive, selfish.
What are you reading into that and the other images in today’s post?
I’m reading into people’s responses these days that there is a great need for grieving and healing.
This is what I find on YouTube when I search for “what are you reading?”
Ever since we adopted Joan — our kitty who was found on the streets of Tennessee with her siblings and many kittens — my husband Michael has been “speaking” for Joan by saying, in a high Southern-accented voice, “I do what I want!”
Joan does what she wants by
chasing our other cat Harley around the house,
sitting where she wants to sit,
playing when she wants to play,
sleeping when and where she wants to sleep, and
generally, being cat.
Joan does what she wants within the confines of wearing a cone …
… as her skin infection heals. Actually, if she was really doing what she wants, she wouldn’t be wearing that damned cone, but she’s doing just fine.
“I do what I want” is also what many humans say as they get older and wiser. I discovered this, again, when I tweeted this yesterday:
Many people on Twitter agreed with me and shared how they do what they want, more and more, as they get older. Somebody actually responded with this:
Here are some other responses:
I do what I want when I create this daily blog, so I want to share the photos I took yesterday at work and at home. You do what you want with these:
The Daily Bitch does what she wants. Do you?
I do what I want and I want to see what I find when I search YouTube for “I do what I want.”
I do what I want and I also want to include some music here. Here’s “Do What You Want” from OK Go.
I do what I want and I always want to end these posts with gratitude for all who visit this blog, including YOU!
1. contrary to the laws and customs of society; devoid of or antagonistic to sociable instincts or practices.
“a dangerous, unprincipled, antisocial type of man”
beyond the pale
2. not sociable; not wanting the company of others.
I would say that, sometimes, I’m not wanting the company of others, especially if they’re objectionable, offensive, beyond the pale, unacceptable unsocial, asocial, distasteful, disruptive, disorderly, lawless, rebellious, or sociopathic.
It’s not a shock to my system that one member of the soon-to-be-married couple loves Yes and the other one decidedly does not. Differences may be a shock to the system but they make life much more interesting.
For regular readers of this blog, my ending with gratitude cannot possibly be a shock to the system.