September 23, 2009
I waived goodbye to summer at sunset last evening in front of the Eiffel Tower.
So what, if anything did I learn, confirm, or accomplish with this carpe summer exercise? Well, the following things, among others, and not necessarily in the order of importance.
1. Perhaps I enjoy most a good home made dinner with beloved friends and family.
2. With free concerts, sometimes you get what you pay for.
3. Try to have something fun or positive in your day, even if it's small, to help balance out whatever negative stuff you endured.
4. While I cherish spontaneity when it comes to fun things, I cannot rely on serendipity. I have to plan for fun things, such as buy concert tickets in advance and look at the entertainment calendar for one month in advance instead of picking up the A & E on Friday and expecting something good.
5. I need a creative outlet other than writing law memos.
6. I should be better at plugging into what is happening in Portland today, rather than Paris from the 1920s or 1700s. Who are the good Portland artists? Besides Tin House publishing, what other literary resources are there in town? Where are the creative people and what are they doing?
7. A good attitude can infect others, just as a depressing attitude can. One helps spiral up.
8. Not everything I do needs be justified in the context of accomplishing or learning.